Circle of Life Injured, Retired

Michael Tabor’s grade I winner Circle of Life has been retired from racing following a saucer fracture of her left front cannon bone and is due to leave trainer Todd Pletcher’s Saratoga barn today for Creekview Farm near Paris, Ky. Creekview is a satellite of Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Circle of Life, who suffered her career ending injury in the July 29 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, was named 1999 New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old filly. At Saratoga last year, she captured the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) and ran second in the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II). At the Belmont Park fall meeting, she finished third in the Matron Stakes (gr. I).

Circle of Life this year captured one of six races and ran third in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I). Bred by John Franks, Circle of Life (Belong to Me—Concentric, by Shadeed) was retired with three wins from 10 starts and earnings of $268,925.