Multiple graded stakes winner Silver Medallion has been retired following a suspensory ligament injury he sustained during a workout at Belmont Park, according to a statement from Hanzly Albina, an adviser to Black Rock Thoroughbreds, which owns the colt.
Steve Marshall, owner of Black Rock Thoroughbreds, bought the 4-year-old son of Badge of Silver privately after he won the grade III El Camino Real Derby.
"Silver Medallion was great to us at Black Rock; he provided us with a lot of excitement and joy," Marshall said. "While we are saddened by his retirement, we are also disappointed by the fact that he was just reaching his full potential and could have gone on to be one of the top turf horses in the country. He will be very comfortable and well taken care of while recovering at Black Rock Farm." The farm is located near Versailles, Ky.
Marshall said no final plans have been made about where the colt my stand at stud but he said he’s had several offers and should have something completed in the weeks to come.
Silver Medallion was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones of Airdrie Stud, where Badge of Silver stands. At 2, he won the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He started his sophomore racing year by winning the El Camino, placed in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III), then beat older rivals in the grade III Tropical Park Turf Handicap. He started strong again this year by winning the Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino. Silver Medallion retires with a 5-2-1 record out of 13 starts and earnings of more than $426,000.