Multiple grade II winner T.H. Approval, injured during the Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday, has been retired because of a sesamoid break, trainer Eduardo Inda reported from Santa Anita Thursday."The x-rays were no good," said Inda. "He has a fractured sesamoid on his right front. His racing career is finished."Stud plans for the 5-year-olds son of With Approval have not yet begun. Inda said the injury was not life threatening and would not require surgery.T.H. Approval finished seventh in a field of eight as the 3-to-2 favorite in the Turf Cup. The stayer won seven of 28 starts and earned $863,708 for owner-breeder Tadahiro Hotehama of Japan, including the last two runnings of Santa Anita's 1 3/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT). In 2006, the gray completed an unprecedented sweep of all three of Southern California's top distance turf races in the same year. Besides the Capistrano, he captured Hollywood Park's 1 1/2-mile Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) and Del Mar's 1 1/2-mile Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT). T.H. Approval ran eighth in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs prior to Saturday's race.
"It was a great run; I'm going to miss him," said Inda of his mainstay.