Grade I winner Square Eddie has been retired from racing and will stand at Vessels Station Farm near Bonsall, Calif., according to Daily Racing Form. His fee is private.
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, Square Eddie was retired because of a suspensory injury. The injury was discovered Feb. 4, two days before the 4-year-old Smart Strike colt was scheduled to contest the Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. (The Strub was canceled because of inclement weather and rescheduled for Feb. 13.)
Reddam privately purchased Square Eddie after the colt had made his first four starts in England for owner David Gorton. Square Eddie was group III placed in England.
Square Eddie was one of North America’s leading 2-year-olds of 2008. In his first start in the United States, he won the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland and then ran second in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) behind subsequent champion Midshipman .
Square Eddie was the third-highest-weighted male on the 2008 Experimental Free Handicap. He was weighted at 123 pounds, three pounds below Midshipman and a pound below Vineyard Haven.
Square Eddie was placed on the 2009 Triple Crown trail. He ran second in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) and third in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) before being withdrawn from consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after returning from a workout the week of the race with heat in a shin.
Rested until the fall, Square Eddie made four more starts, He finished unplaced in all of them, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in his last start. During his career, he won or placed in seven of a dozen races and earned $819,366.
Bred in Ontario, Canada, by Kinghaven Farms Limited, Square Eddie is out of the stakes-placed El Gran Senor mare Forty Gran. Square Eddie is bred on the same Smart Strike/Northern Dancer cross as numerous other major winners, including two-time Horse of the Year Curlin .