Grade I Winner Bienamado Retired Because of Injury

Grade I Winner Bienamado Retired Because of Injury
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Bienamado has been retired due to a suspensory injury.
San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner Bienamado has been been retired because of a suspensory ligament injury. BIenamado, who was produced from the Vitiges mare Nakterjal will stand at stud, but a breeding farm has not yet been determined.

John Toffan, Trudy McCaffery, and Robert Sangster's Bienamado last raced in August, finishing seventh in the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT). The three-time grade I winner was working toward a start in the San Luis Obispo (gr. IIT), a San Juan Capistrano prep,

In last year's San Juan Capistrano, Bienamado won by a half-length while setting a Santa Anita course record of 2:42.96 for about 1 3/4 miles. His other grade I victories came in the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes and Charles Whittingham Handicap. The seven-time stakes winner won eight of 16 career starts for earnings of $1,261,089.

Meanwhile at Santa Anita on Jan. 9, Toffan and McCaffery's Came Home worked six furlongs. The 3-year-old son of Gone West came home in 1:13 3/5 for the distance, a preparatory move for the Sam Vicente Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 2.

Gonzalez also reports that Toffan and McCaffery's undefeated 3-year-old Earl of Danby missed some training due to a "little temperature," adding he has "been fine the last couple of days, and will go back to the track in a day or two." The 1 1/8-mile Sham Stakes (Feb. 8) may be the next start for the California Breeders' Champion Stakes winner. Earl of Danby is a California-bred son of Smokester out of Red Radiance, by Red Ryder.

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