Washington Champ Youcan'ttakeme Retired

(from Emerald Downs report)
Youcan'ttakeme, who won four races at Emerald Downs last year, has been retired because of a tendon injury, trainer Grant Forster announced Friday .

The 4-year-old Washington-bred filly by He's Tops out of Takeaway, injured her fore left leg last week while training for the Chicago Breeders Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.

Youcan'ttakeme, owned by Herman Sarkowsky, finished with a record of 7-0-1 from 15 career starts with $199,975 in earnings.

In addition to being named the 2003 Horse of the Meeting at Emerald Downs, Youcan'ttakeme was also named 2003 Washington-bred Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and 2002 Washington-bred Champion Juvenile Filly.

Youcan'ttakeme became the first female to earn horse of the year honors at Emerald Downs last year after perfect being perfect in four starts. She won her four races by a combined 23 ¾ lengths. Her biggest victory occurred in the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks last year at Emerald Downs.

"She was a wonderful horse," Forster said. "I will always be grateful to her. She put me on the map as a trainer. My dad (Dave Forster) has been training for over 40 years and he said she is the best filly we've ever trained in our family."

The filly will become a broodmare in Kentucky.

"I'm sad to see her leave, she was one of a kind. " Forster said. "But it will be fun to see how her foals do."