Injured Behrens May Be Retired

Injured Behrens May Be Retired
Photo: Associated Press/ NYRA/ Adam Coglianese
Behrens, winning the 1999 Suburban Handicap under Jorge Chavez.
William Clifton and Rudlein Stable's Behrens sustained a cut in the Jockey Club Gold, making him unlikely for the Breeders' Cup Classic and his future status up in the air.

Trainer James Bond told the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y., that Behrens isn't likely to run in the Classic and may be retired. He will be shipped back to Bond's barn in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

"The Breeders' Cup is very doubtful now," Bond said. "I don't think you should go into a championship race like that on a dull note. I don't think it's good. I don't think it's a positive."

Bond said he could not recommend that the owners $80,000 to enter Behrens in the $4-million Classic.

"I think it's a bad business move for the clients," Bond said. "The horse has done us very well. Maybe that was his last race. I don't know. We've got to think about it."

A 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony, Behrens has won nine of 27 lifetime starts, with 11 additional second- or third-place finishes, and has earned in excess of $4.5 million.

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