S J Stables' homebred Cloudy's Knight, an earner of more than $2.5 million from 42 starts, has been retired due to a recurrence of a suspensory injury.
The 10-year-old Lord Avie gelding was entered the $100,000 Sycamore (gr. IIIT) Oct. 21 at Keeneland, a race he won last year before being nosed out of a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon during a five-race string that marked his comeback after more than a year away from competition. He had made just one start in 2010, a runner-up effort in the Sept. 11 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) at Kentucky Downs.
“He’s a trooper,” said trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who cited a recent leg flare as the reason for Cloudy’s Knight’s retirement. “He did come back and run a good race at Kentucky Downs. Bringing him back seemed like it was worthwhile, worth the effort.”
Bred in Kentucky by Shirley and Jerrold Schwartz, Cloudy’s Knight garnered nine stakes victories including the 2007 Pattison Canadian International (gr. IT) at Woodbine for his previous trainer, Frank Kirby. He also won a pair of grade II races and three more grade III events.
Cloudy’s Knight, who is out of the Solar City mare Cloudy Spot, earned a 2007 Sovereign Award as Canada’s champion grass horse.