Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired to Sheik Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The 2008 stud fee for the 4-year-old colt will be announced later.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Jazil won two of 11 starts, with five second-place finishes, while earning $890,532. Included in his runner-up efforts was a second in the 2006 Wood Memorial (gr. I). A son of Seeking the Gold produced from the Deputy Minister mare Better Than Honour, who also produced this year’s Belmont winner Rags to Riches, Jazil finished fourth in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
McLaughlin said Sept. 5 that Jazil had originally been scheduled to return to his barn this week from Shadwell, where the colt spent the summer.
“It was nothing major,” McLaughlin said of the reason behind Jazil's retirement. “He came out of the Belmont last year with bruising of a hind cannon bone, and he really never got over that. That was why we stopped on him after the Belmont and again this year.”
“He is bred off the charts,” McLaughlin said. “We always liked him so much; he was just a really nice horse. It was truly great to win the Belmont for Shadwell with him.”
"After discussion with Sheikh Hamdan, we felt it in the best interest of the horse to retire him, not risking further injuries," said Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell.