Team Valor’s 4-year-old King of the Roxy has been retired from racing. The sprint specialist took the Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park at 2 and the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park at 3, both at less than a mile.
King of the Roxy won or placed in six of a dozen starts and earned $536,734. In addition to his sprinting ability, he was able to come within a half-length of Tiago in a runner-up effort in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles.
“He is a very masculine, correct, and powerful horse that stands over a lot of ground,” said Barry Irwin of Team Valor. “He should make somebody a very attractive stallion prospect.”
King of the Roxy (Littleexpectations--Marrakesh, by Bold Forbes) also ran second in the Saratoga Special Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) and Barbaro Stakes (gr. III). He was bred in Ohio by Deborah D. Kopatz and was voted 2007 Ohio Horse of the Year.
King of the Roxy developed a defect at the base of his cannon bone and was unable to continue racing. Breeding plans will be announced later.