Trainer C.R. Trout’s homebred grade I winner Shotgun Gulch has been retired from racing because of a cracked sesamoid in her left front leg suffered during a workout at Oaklawn Park while preparing for her 5-year-old debut. She remains at Oaklawn with Trout, who is entertaining offers from prospective buyers about purchasing the Oklahoma-bred mare.
By Thunder Gulch, Shotgun Gulch was Oklahoma’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2009. She won three of four starts including the E. L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes and the Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes, both at Remington Park.
Shotgun Gulch also was a stakes winner the next two years. She took the 2010 Oklahoma Classics Filly Sprint Stakes and the Dixie Belle Stakes. In 2011, she captured the Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland over Amen Hallelujah.
Shotgun Gulch, who placed in four stakes during her career, was retired with a record of 7-1-5 from 21 starts and earnings of $528,976.
Out of the winning Boston Harbor mare Rosieville, Shotgun Gulch is a half sister to stakes-placed runner Sundayville Break.