Dollar Bill, who ran third in the July 5 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) in his only start this year, has been retired. The 5-year-old horse, owned by Gary and Mary West, is by Peaks and Valleys out of the Saratoga Six mare Saratoga Dame.
"He had some arthritis in one ankle, and Dr. (Larry) Bramlage said he would not be able to race near 100%," Ben Glass, the West's racing manager, said.
Dollar Bill did not race from the end of November, 2002, until the Suburban. "We gave him some time off because we thought that might take care of it (the arthritis) but it didn't slow it down," Glass said.
Glass said no decision has been made as to where Dollar Bill will stand at stud in 2004.
Dollar Bill was bred in Kentucky by Robert Courtney of Crestfield Farm near Lexington and purchased by the Wests, with Glass signing the ticket, for $145,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Dollar Bill retires with a record of 4-5-5 from 22 starts and earnings of $1,225,546. He was trained in all his races, except the Suburban, by Dallas Stewart. He had been sent to Bobby Frankel's barn this year.
Among Dollar Bill's wins were two stakes. As a 3-year-old, he captured the Risen Star Stakes and then ran third in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). He was sent off the second choice in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), at $6.60-1, but finished a dull 15th in the race won by Monarchos.
Dollar Bill returned to run fourth in both the Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I), both won by Point Given. He ran third in the Travers (gr. I), also won by Point Given, to close out his sophomore campaign.
Last year at four, Dollar Bill won his first start in allowance company but then started in eight consecutive stakes without posting a win.