Eclipse Award runner-up Jostle, who won last year's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), has been retired from racing. Campaigned by Richard Porter's Fox Hill Farms, Jostle won seven stakes the past two years, but is winless in five starts this year.
"She's suffered from nagging ankles all year, and it has kept her from being what she was like last year," said trainer John Servis.
The decision to retired Jostle was made after she worked Sept. 10 at Philadelphia Park in preparation for the Sept. 15 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. "She came out of the work OK, but I just wasn't happy with it," Servis said.
Jostle took the Alabama and CCA Oaks in consecutive starts, then won the Cotillion Handicap (gr. II). Her earlier stakes efforts in 2000 included a triumph in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and runner-up finishes in the Mother Goose (gr. I) and Comely (gr. III) Stakes. She lost out to Surfside for champion 3-year-old filly honors. As a 2-year-old, Jostle won the Demoiselle (gr. II), Selima (gr. III), and Polly Drummond Stakes.
Although winless in 2001, Jostle (Brocco--Moon Drone, by Drone) made it close in several races. She missed winning both the Hempstead (gr. I) and Pimlico Distaff (gr. III) Handicaps by a neck and was a beaten less than a length in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) while finishing third. Jostle retires with eight wins and five seconds from 19 starts and earnings of $1,381,682.
Jostle was bred by Prestonwood Farm and acquired privately by Porter a few days after she was bought back for $105,000 at the 1998 Saratoga yearling sale. Servis said Porter might sell Jostle at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.