Banned Euthanized; Life At Ten Likely Retired

Multiple graded stakes winner Banned, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt, was euthanized Oct. 1, a week after he underwent surgery to repair fractured sesamoids in his right front fetlock.

Craig Bernick, president of Glen Hill Farm, posted the update on his personal Twitter account, where he was keeping fans informed of the latest developments.

"Heavy hearted to report that Banned didn't make it. He ended up foundering in his good foot this morning, and we did what's right for him," Bernick reported.

Banned required surgery to repair a pair of broken sesamoids in his right ankle, injuries suffered after a routine half-mile work at Santa Anita Park Sept. 22. The 3-year-old Kitten's Joy colt was initially doing well following surgery at Santa Anita.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Banned won three graded stakes in 2011--the May 6 American Turf (gr. IIT) and June 18 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, and the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4 in his most recent start. He had a 5-1-2 record from 10 career starts and earnings of $599,476.

Meanwhile, following a last-place finish in the Oct. 1 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., trainer Todd Pletcher said that Life At Ten, the mare at the center of a nearly year-long controversy stemming from last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic race, likely has run her last race.

Pletcher acknowledged the day after the Beldame that the 6-year-old Malibu Moon mare would be retired. "I have to speak to her connections tomorrow, but I am pretty sure she is officially retired," he said.

Life At Ten, campaigned by Candy DeBartolo, ends her career with eight wins in 22 starts and earnings of more than $1.2 million. She was winless this year in five starts but notched a second and two thirds.

Life At Ten's poor showing in last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) prompted an investigation by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which leveled charges against rider John Velazquez and Kentucky chief steward John Veitch. Velazquez settled his case with a $10,000 fine without admitting wrongdoing. Veitch has contested the charges against him.

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