Gary Garber's grade II winner Flame Thrower has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered during a runner-up effort in the June 9 Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt retires with four wins and two runner-up efforts from sevens starts and earnings of $458,200.
Bred by Suzanne Collins and trained by Bob Baffert, Flame Thrower started his career with four consecutive wins his 2-year-old season. After winning a maiden race at Del Mar, he took the Best Pal Stakes (gr. III), Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), and Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) in Southern California and went off the second choice in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Second during the early going, he ended up unplaced.
Flame Thrower (Saint Ballado--Metromane, by Metrogrand) raced twice this year. He ran second in the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) in May and missed winning the Riva Ridge by a neck. A decison will be announced later where he will enter stud.