Victor's Cry, winner of last year’s Shoemaker Mile Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park, has been retired from racing because of concerns about his ankles. He exits with 13 top-three finishes from 24 starts and earnings of $762,021.
“He’s just showing signs of old age and wear and tear,” said Eoin Harty, who trained the 6-year-old son of Street Cry for Robert and Michele Billings’ Equilete Stable. “For him to race at the level he’s been racing at everything would have to be perfect.
“He’s been a real gentleman and a kind horse; a pleasure to be around.”
Victor's Cry set a track record breaking his maiden. A 3-year-old at the time, he won at 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.82 over Del Mar's Polytrack.
Victor’s Cry’s best season came last year. He won the Shoemaker Mile in a swift 1:32.88, plus the Citation Handicap (gr. IIT), and finished second in both the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) and the San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT).
This year Victor’s Cry placed in the Shoemaker and the Thunder Road Handicap (gr. IIIT). He was invited to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) and finished fifth, 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner.
Bred in Virginia by Legacy Farm, Victor’s Cry is out of grade II stakes-placed mare Short Time (by Clever Trick). His second dam, Maria Fumata, was a champion and classic winner in Chile
Victor’s Cry's owners are in the process of determining where he will stand at stud.