Cross-posted from ESPN via the Daily Racing Form
Life At Ten, the two-time Grade 1 winner whose last-place finish in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic created one of the year’s biggest controversies, has been retired from racing.
David Vance, manager of Candy DeBartolo’s racing stable, said Life At Ten will sell in the Keeneland November mixed auction, which starts in Lexington on Nov. 7. She will be part of the Three Chimneys Sales agency’s consignment, Vance said. “That’s the firm plan,” Vance said.
“For whatever reason, she hasn’t been able to regain her form,” trainer Todd Pletcher said on Sunday. “It looked like she had in the morning.”
A 6-year-old Malibu Moon mare, Life At Ten is winless this year and most recently finished fifth to Havre de Grace in the Beldame. She won the race last year in a season that also saw her take the Ogden Phipps Handicap and finish third in the Personal Ensign, bringing her total stakes tally to six.
Life At Ten came into the Breeders’ Cup off her two-length 2010 Beldame victory and was sent off at nearly 4-1. She finished last after Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez, in separate television interviews, made comments suggesting that the mare was listless in the paddock and was not warming up properly. During the race, Velazquez did not push Life At Ten, who days later developed a fever and was found to have a high white blood-cell count indicative of infection. Continue reading >>