Aggie Engineer, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing because of arthritis in his joints. The 6-year-old E Dubai gelding won or placed in five stakes while racing exclusively in Southern California.
“He’s a smart horse and was telling us, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” said Paddy Gallagher, who trained Aggie Engineer for breeder/owners Ward and Roberta Williford. “There has been some interest in turning him into a riding horse.”
Named after the Willifords’ granddaughter, Alex, a Texas A&M graduate. Aggie Engineer won or placed in 15 of 21 races and earned $394,280. He captured this year’s San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) and the 2010 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III). He also placed in three stakes during his career including this year’s Californian (gr. II) and the San Antonio (gr. II).
A Kentucky-bred, Aggie Engineer is out of the Dixieland Band mare Papalma, a half sister to grade I winner Papal Power.