It may have lacked a seven-figure lot, but Tuesday's second breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale at Newmarket, England saw a fantastic trade resulting in figures that just fell short of the same day 12 months ago.
South African import Ipi Tombe, who became an international racing star early this year with a trio of dominating victories in Dubai, has been retired from racing after a training setback that would have kept her from a return trip to Dubai.
South African champion Ipi Tombe, winner of the Locust Grove Handicap (grade III) at Churchill Downs in her U.S. racing debut, has suffered a minor leg injury that will cause her to miss a planned start in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on July 26.
Overcoming a slow break, Ipi Tombe showed her South African championship form in her American debut to register a no-sweat half-length victory in Saturday's $164,400 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. It was her eighth consecutive triumph.
South African champion Ipi Tombe moved another step closer to her American racing debut, turning in a sharp five furlong workout Thursday on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.
Ipi Tombe, owned American-based Team Valor, Winstar Farm and Sunmark Partners, set a course record for 1 mile at Nad Al Sheba Thursday.
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