Grade I Winner Outofthebox Retired

Outofthebox, winner of last year's Super Derby XXII (gr. I), has been retired from racing after injuring his left front ankle. The injury is not considered career ending, said Richard Klein, who owns the colt with his parents, Bertram and Elaine Klein. Outofthebox's retirement came a little more than a week after the family retired grade II winner De Bertie because of a bone chip in her right front ankle.

"They gave us great thrills, and now it's time to get excited about their stud careers, "Richard Klein said. The family plans to sell 4-year-old Outofthebox, but will retain 5-year-old De Bertie.

Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud Farms, Outofthebox earned $607,995 of his career total of $734,008 as a 3-year-old last year and $300,000 of that came from the Super Derby. Outofthebox placed in five career stakes, four of which were graded, including the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I). He missed the classics after injuring his right hind foot in the Flamingo Stakes (gr. III).

Outofthebox was trained by Steve Flint, who took from his father, Bernard, after the Super Derby. Outofthebox started once this year, finishing third in a May 4 allowance at Churchill Downs. He retires with five wins from 16 starts.

The Kleins bought Outofthebox from Ocala Stud for $135,000 at the 2000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company February sale of 2-year-olds in training. A son of Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook, Outofthebox was produced from the Notebook mare Cricket Box, a half-sister to grade I winner Mighty Appealing. He is inbred to 4 x 3 to Montbrook's third dam, Old Bess.

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