Millionaire Eddington, who won the Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I), has been retired from racing after suffering an injury in a workout. He will be sent to the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where he will begin stud duty next year. The farm bought a breeding interest in Eddington from owner Peter Willmott in the spring.
"He came out of the workout last Friday with some inflammation. It looks like it's soft tissue," said trainer Mark Hennig. "We spent the better part of a week evaluating it, and we think that it is in his best interest to retire him now."
Eddington, who ran third in last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), earned triple digit Beyer Speed Figures in all five starts this year, topped by a 113 in winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) and a 112 in the Pimlico Special, his last start. First, second, or third in 15 of 17 starts, the ultra-consistent son of Unbridled won last year's Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in his sole turf race and won or placed in 10 career stakes. He earned $1,216,760 for Willmott Stables.
"Obviously, we would have liked to see him run a few more times," said Bernie Sams of Claiborne. "However, we are thrilled he's coming to Claiborne. He is as much like his father as any son of Unbridled I've seen."
Unbridled stood at Claiborne prior to his death, and Eddington was foaled and raised at the farm. Bred by Carl Rosen Associates, Eddington was produced from graded stakes-placed Fashion Star (by Chief's Crown) and sold for $450,000 at the 2002 Keeneland July yearling sale.