10-01-2010, 12:34 PM
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Wyoming, they do this with top earning stallions, so I'm not surprised they're doing it with her.
Since she's a breedable animal, she's worth more for the babies she can produce than the races she'll theoretically win.
Notice that geldings are never retired early. They race for a good number of years, because that's the only income they're going to generate.
It's a business decision based on income potential, nothing more.