Even the Score was preparing for the Pacific Classic (gr. I) when foot problems caused him to miss the race. His last start was July 10, when he finished third in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).
Even the Score, who was retired last fall and then returned to training, has been retired for good. A grade II stakes winner by Unbridled's Song, he will stand at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington for $5,000.When the announcement of his retirement was made last fall, Even the Score's fee was set at $8,500.Millennium Farms manager William Hardin said in a release, "We realize that it's late and many mares have already been committed, therefore, we felt compelled to offer breeders incredible value by setting the fee at such a reasonable level."Trainer Vladamir Cerin said Even the Score sustained a minor injury working toward a start in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).By Unbridled's Song out of the Rahy mare Ashtabula, Even the Score won the Mervy Leroy Handicap (gr. II) and Californian Stakes (gr. II) last year. In all, the 7-year-old won nine of 29 starts and earned $751,629."Even The Score was not only the best dirt horse I have trained, he also has the most efficient stride of any horse I have trained," Cerin said in the release. "Combined with his wonderful temperament he showed pure class throughout his racing career."Bred by Aspiration Stud, Even the Score was consigned by Vinery, agent, to the 1998 Keeneland November sale. He was purchased by Ron McDonald for $285,000. He was bought back on a bid of $475,000 at the 1999 Keeneland July sale when consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.He began his career for owner Thomas Vanderhyde and trainer Dallas Stewart. He was purchased by Parra and made his last four starts for him, including the grade II stakes wins, and trainer Vladamir Cerin.