Team Block’s Never Retreat, who had been scheduled to make her final start in the Jan. 7 Marshua’s River Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, has been retired from racing. By Smart Strike , she is booked to Claiborne Farm's War Front .
Seven-year-old Never Retreat originally had been scheduled to be retired after the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 25. A third-place finish in the Matriarch prompted trainer Chris Block to give Never Retreat a shot in the Marshua’s River, but she was retired instead because of a foot issue.
Never Retreat won eight stakes and experienced her best season in 2011. She captured five stakes this year, all of which were graded, including the First Lady Stakes (gr. I) and the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT), both at Keeneland.
Never Retreat initially raced for Jeff Singer before she was acquired by Team Block following her 3-year-old season. She was retired with 25 top-three finishes from 32 starts and earnings $1,298,769.
Bred in Kentucky by Gerry O’Meara and Stanley Inman out of the Steady Growth mare Lisieux, Never Retreat is a half sister to multiple stakes producer Laoub. Lisieux is a half sister to grade II winner Sweetest Chant, dam of grade I winner Danzig's Beauty, who is the dam of 2011 leading sire Distorted Humor .