Buzzards Bay, whose four graded stakes wins include a triumph in the 2005 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), has been retired from racing following a series of poor performances. Owned by Gary Broad, the 6-year-old son of Marco Bay retired with seven wins from 26 races and earnings of $1,428,141.
“He’s just not trying anymore,” trainer Ron Ellis told Wire To Wire Racing Digest. “I guess he’s at an age where he’s smart enough to know that we’re going to take good care of him whether he runs or not. He gets to the quarter pole like he’s going to win by five (lengths), but then he just stops running. There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s a beautiful horse, and he’s in perfect shape, so I’m sure there will be a place for him to stand since he’s a grade I winner.”
Buzzards Bay ran fifth in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), won by Giacomo, a colt he had beaten in the Santa Anita Derby in his previous start. Owned at the time by Fog City Stable, Buzzards Bay was sold that summer to Gary and Wendy Broad for $725,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July horses of racing age sale.
Buzzards Bay did some of his best racing for Gary Broad. He won the 2007 Californian Stakes (gr. II) and the 2006 Oaklawn (gr. II) and All-American (gr. III) Handicaps.
Bred in Florida by Jay Shaw, Buzzards Bay was produced from the Seneca Jones mare Lifes Lass.