WinStar Farm's Pompeii, who was being prepared by trainer Eliott Walden for a repeat win in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, came down with a wrenched ankle and has been retired.
"She needed to be 100% for the race," said WinStar president Doug Cauthen. "She had done enough, and we felt it was in her best interest to retire her."
Winstar, owned by Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner, bought Pompeii from her co-breeder, Robert N. Clay, last summer. She won the 2001 Personal Ensign racing for WinStar and Clay, after which she became the sole property of the Versailles, Ky., farm.
Pompeii, who was co-bred by Clay's father, Albert G. Clay, raced four times this year and came away with one victory. She ran fourth in the July 21 Delaware Handicap (gr. III) in her final start.
Pompeii (Broad Brush--Flying Heat, by Private Account) retires with nine wins from 22 starts and earnings of $717,288. She won the Rare Treat (gr. III) and Doylestown Handicaps and was stakes-placed three times.