Millionaire Cetewayo Retired
Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 10:15 AM
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 6:55 AM
Cetewayo, a homebred turf millionaire for Dr. John Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm, was retired from racing because of minor problems and sent to Mill Ridge near Lexington. The 10-year-old son of His Majesty started only once this year, finishing unplaced in the Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine in July.
"He's settled down and is having a good time," said Chandler, who owns the farm with his wife, Alice.
Cetewayo, named after a great Zulu leader, raced as many as eight times in a year only twice in his career. Each time was with great success. As a 4-year-old in 1998, he won the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga and the Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, plus the Sir Ivor Stakes on grass at Laurel. As an 8-year-old in 2002, he captured the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) and equaled a course record in the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington. He also won that year's Greenwood Cup Handicap on grass at Philadelphia Park.
"Every race with him was an adventure," Dr. Chandler said. "He needed a slow pace, and came flying at the end. His final quarter in the Sword Dancer was an unbelievable :21 2/5."
Cetewayo, who was produced from the Diesis mare Aletta Maria, retired with 11 wins from 37 starts while trained most of his career by Michael Dickinson. All eight of his stakes wins came at different tracks, and seven of his eight stakes-placings came in graded events.
Plans for Cetewayo have not been determined.
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