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What Invasor’s Retirement Means

It’s really a shame we won’t see more of Invasor on the track; it’s too bad to see him go out with an injury but at least he’s not in any danger. There were a few more details in some of the international press reports:

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin conveyed news of the huge setback to US racing in a media conference, saying the horse had cooled out fine after the gallop.

“When he got his feet washed, he took a couple of bad steps and we called the vet immediately,” he said.

“It’s a sad day in our game, but these things happen. It was just a pleasure and honour to train him … it was just a great feeling to go to the barn every morning and see him.”

Invasor has been a superb advertisement for South American racing and breeding. He was bred in Argentina but raced for five unbeaten starts in Uruguay at two and three years.

What this means beyond next Saturday’s Suburban, though, is that the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be lacking his overpowering presence — it could become a very attractive option for horses (both in the US and abroad) who might have been planning (officially or otherwise) to skip the race in favor of an easier spot. I wouldn’t necessarily see this leading Rags to Riches to face the boys again this year (I see that as more on the cards next year, but you never know), but it does suggest that Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin will all need to prove themselves in marquee events and there’s no big horse to avoid. We’ll see…

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