McCann’s Mojave, a stakes winner five different years, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury. The 8-year-old son of Memo will enter stud at Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif. He ran fourth in the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) in June in what was his last race.
McCann’s Mojave was voted California champion older male of 2004. Trained that year by Leonard Dorfman, he won the Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup (gr. II) and Sensational Star Handicaps and was second in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) to Speightstown the year the latter was voted champion sprinter.
Later on in his career for trainer Steve Specht, McCann’s Mojave won such other stakes as the 2007 All American Stakes (gr. III) in track-record time and the 2008 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III). His richest win came in last year’s $1-million Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
McCann’s Mojave, who also won stakes while trained by Patrick Gallagher, retired with a dozen wins from 35 races and earnings of $1,513,565 for Mike Willman. He captured eight stakes and ran second in four others.
Bred by Willman in partnership with Alix Nikki Hunt, McCann’s Mojave was produced from the stakes-winning Nordic Prince mare Joni U. Bar.