Texas Red , winner of the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing, it was announced Dec. 8. Stud plans are pending.
Trained and co-owned by Keith Desormeaux in partnership with Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Gene Voss and Lee Michaels, Texas Red earned his Breeders' Cup triumph in eye-catching fashion with a last-to-first rally en route to a 6 1/2-length triumph.
After opening his 3-year-old campaign with a runner-up finish in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), the son of Afleet Alex was knocked off the Triple Crown trail with a foot abscess but returned later that year to capture the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
Texas Red finished fifth in the 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I), an outing that marked his final career start as he was plagued in the aftermath by a cannon bone bruise.
"Texas Red has been a superstar since the moment he walked into the barn," Desormeaux said. "It was nice to see those expectations come to fruition. He took my career to new heights and I will always be grateful."
Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Texas Red retires with three wins from nine starts and $1,767,300 in earnings. He was purchased from the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale for $17,000 by Desormeaux and is out of Ramatuelle, a successful racemare in Chile before being sent to the United States, where she placed in the 2005 Desert Stormer Handicap (gr. III).