The third-place finish by G. Watts Humphrey's Victory Ride in Saturday's $200,000-added Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II) was to be the final race of the Grade I winner's career.The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Seeking the Gold has been retired and will join Humphrey's high-quality band of broodmares, assistant trainer Jack Bohannan said Sunday at Churchill Downs. She will be bred to Storm Cat.Victory Ride, who won the Saratoga's prestigious Test (gr. I) at three before her career was interrupted by a major injury, finished third behind Softly and Bare Necessities in the one-mile race for older fillies and mares."She came out of the race super," said Bohannan. "She'll go home tomorrow."Victory Ride raced five times this year after Arnold carefully guided her back to competition following surgery for a condylar fracture in her right front leg. The injury required the insertion of screws in the injured bone to promote healing and threatened her racing career. But Victory Ride returned to racing in April with a victory in the Madison Stakes at Keeneland and also notched a win in the Omnibus Stakes at Monmouth Park in her final campaign. She was third to Shiny Band and Raging Fever in Belmont's Shuvee (gr. II). She turned in her only poor performance in a sixth-place finish in the Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland. Humphrey's 4-year-old filly will take a career record of 5 wins, a second and two thirds from nine races to the breeding shed. She earned $380,391.
"It was a good run," said Bohannan. "I think she just probably lost a step after that surgery. She ran hard. They went quick yesterday and she ran hard. We're disappointed a bit, but we are really blessed that we were around a filly like her."