A leg injury has ended the racing career of multiple graded stakes winner Shaconage only days before her scheduled start in the $150,000-added Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Churchill Downs.Trainer Mitch Shirota said the gray/roan daughter of El Prado injured a tendon and that prompted owner Andrena Van Doren to decide to retire the 5-year-old homebred mare. Shaconage left Shirota's barn on Tuesday, bound for Van Doren's farm near Georgetown, Ky. Her trainer said he was unsure whether Van Doren would add Shaconage to her broodmare band or attempt to sell the mare."She was a good filly," said Shirota. "She was a tough filly to train and was always tough on herself. I'd worry about her when she went out in the mornings, so it's a little relief that she's retired."
Shaconage provided Shirota with one of his greatest thrills: a Kentucky Derby Day victory in 2004 in Argent Mortgage Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) that gave the veteran trainer his first stakes victory under the Twin Spires. She followed that victory with a win in the Locust Grove (gr. IIIT) later in the 2004 spring meet. A win in the Ellis Park Breeders' Cup Turf was her only victory in nine starts this year. She was seventh to eventual Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI) winner Intercontinental in her final star in the WinStar Galaxy (gr. IIT) at Keeneland.Shaconage completed her career with a record of 6-3-7 in 29 races and earnings of $534,051.