Controversial racemare Life at Ten retired to the sales arena

Life at Ten and John Velazquez Winning the Beldame
Life At Ten and John Velazquez win the Beldame Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Belmont Park in New York. (AP Photo / NYRA)
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 >>

2 thoughts on “Controversial racemare Life at Ten retired to the sales arena”

  1. They tried to sell her before; then decided to run her one more time. So off to the sales ring and the shed, if anyone buys her. Of course, none of what happened to Life and Ten is her fault at all. Yet another victim. The egos and greed in horse racing are out of control.

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  2. I read this article and wonder why I am not seeing concern that this mare will end up in slaughter. She is only 6. She has earned her owners over a $1 million. Should we as the paricipating public stand by as she is shuffled off to a life uncertain. Even if she goes to breeding, she will continue to earn her owners a living. The ethical standards just do not come up to snuff. I cold not register to record a comment in the Racing Times. The only comments there are that they are glad she is okay and that she most likely just wants to be a mother. At least they commented.

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