"I asked (the owners) that if he came back and I didn't like the way he did it if we could retire him for good," Monteleone said. "He worked a half-mile (:48 2/5 on Aug. 7) the other day and I didn't like it, so we made the decision. He's going to go to the farm and spend the rest of his life just being a horse and doing his favorite thing – eating carrots.
"He doesn't owe us anything and his owners agree that he's been too good to them. He's just been telling us it's over and we're listening to him."
Ladies Din won or placed in 20 black-type events over a six-year career and banked $1,966,754 from a record of 37-12-6-6. He won the 2002 Shoemaker, the 2000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) and four other graded events.
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