Multiple graded stakes winner Olmodavor, who had been nominated to the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) later this month, has been retired, trainer Richard Mandella said on Wednesday.
"He left my barn at Santa Anita at 5 a.m. this morning and he's on his way to Adena Springs in Kentucky, although I don't know if he'll stand in Kentucky (Lexington) or Florida (Ocala)," Mandella said. "Adena Springs bought into his breeding rights and he'll stand for them in either Florida or Kentucky." Adena Springs is owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach.
When he raced, Olmodavor was owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and Charles Heilbronn. He had a 5-5-1 record from 15 career starts with earnings of $706,540. Among his victories were the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) in December and the Whirlaway Handicap (gr. III) on Feb. 1. He was second by a head in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington Park in his final start on July 31.
"He was wearing a little thin and it was getting time to retire so we did," Mandella said of the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy. "Olmodavor was a very consistent horse. He had a chip fracture removed from an ankle as a yearling and we went in twice after that to clean it up during his racing career. So to have that much trouble and to accomplish what he did, he was a helluva horse."
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