Request for Parole, a grade I winner and millionaire, has been retired from racing because of a knee chip, according to trainer Steve Margolis.
An 8-year-old son of Judge T C, Request for Parole competed in numerous stakes throughout his career and came away with wins or placings in a dozen of them. He enjoyed his best season as a 5-year-old in 2004, when he won the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) and Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) and ran second in the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) and Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT).
Request for Parole initially raced for his breeders, Robert and Bea Roberts, who raced Judge T C and stood him at stud. Current owners Sam and Jeri Knighton bought Request for Parole privately after his second start.
Request for Parole was trained first by Margolis, then by Stanley Hough. Margolis saddled Request for Parole to a fifth-place finish in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), won by War Emblem.
This year, Request for Parole raced four times without hitting the board. His last start came at Keeneland April 7, after which he was transferred from Hough back to Margolis.
Request for Parole, who is out of the Deputy Minister mare Madison's Quest, retired with 10 wins from 51 races and earnings of $1,372,224. He was taken to R. Alex Rankin's Upson Downs Farm near Goshen, Ky. Breeding plans are undecided.