Remarkable News Likely to Retire, Says Owner

Remarkable News Likely to Retire, Says Owner
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Firecracker winner Remarkable News.

Holly Rincon will most likely retire her 5-year-old homebred chestnut horse Remarkable News after his unplaced effort in the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.

The Ocala, Fla., resident, who bred and raised Remarkable News in Venezuela, said she felt unsettled with her horse's sixth-place finish, which she attributed to the soggy conditions of the turf.

"Now I'll never know (how he could have performed)," she said.

Rincon is marketing Remarkable News as a sire prospect but has not received the response for which she had been hoping.

"People (in the United States) don't get it," she said. "They keep saying, 'This horse is from Venezuela.' But he doesn't have a horse from Venezuela in his pedigree--they're all from the United States."

Remarkable News is a son of Rincon's stallion, Chayim, out of Unreachable, by Alhajras.

Alhajaras, who was from one of Northern Dancer's last crops, was produced from the Prince John mare Call Me Goddess.

"I haven't had any interest here, but maybe I'll have better luck in Europe, and if not, he can go home to Venezuela and be a hero," said Rincon. "Who knows, maybe because I feel so unsatisfied, I'll race him again."

Rincon said she felt most North American farm owners didn't think Remarkable News would be commercial enough to be a successful sire. Since Remarkable News already has two full brothers standing at her farm, Rincon thought she would "try and spread the riches around the world."

"I want retire (Remarkable News) sound," said Rincon. "He isn't hurting, but I don't want to wait for that (to happen). But I don't know what's going to happen right now. I'll have to talk to (trainer Angel Penna)."

Remarkable News boasts a record of 9-3-1 from 17 starts and earnings of $820,902. His graded stakes victories include the 2006 Connaught Cup (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine and Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga; and this year's Dixie Stakes at Pimlico and Firecracker Stakes (both gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.


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