Horse of the Year Havre de Grace retired

Reigning US Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has been retired after suffering an ankle injury during a workout at Churchill Downs, his owner Rick Porter said.

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Horse of the Year Havre de Grace retired

Trainers noticed the five-year-old mare had "a little heat" in her right front ankle following the workout, Porter said in a statement on his Fox Hill Farm website.

Havre de Grace, the Kentucky-bred winner of the Grade I Woodward Stakes last year, was seen by veterinarians on Monday and Porter was given the bad news.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get a positive prognosis for continuing her racing career," he said.

Havre de Grace won nine races in 16 career starts and won nearly $2.6 million. She won five of seven trips to the starting gate in 2011 and won U.S. Horse of the Year honours.

The Larry Jones-trained bay daughter of Saint Liam won her lone race this year, the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes, by four and a half lengths at Fair Grounds Race Course.

"Owning Grace through her racing career has been the highlight of my time in horse racing," said Porter. "She was a wonderful, wonderful racehorse, and I feel confident she'll be an equally wonderful broodmare.

"Thanks, Grace, for all you gave us, and here's to a long and enjoyable retirement."

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