Secret Oath, a top-tier horse with almost $2.5M “earnings” over just 18 races, is being retired for what’s being termed “a minor ankle injury.” So where, pray tell, is the 4-year-old being retired to? Surely, with that kind of success, she has earned some bucolic setting, open pastures, the pleasures of frolicking – or just being – with her own kind. Nope. According to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Secret’s breeders/owners, Robert and Stacy Mitchell, plan to send her to Fasig-Tipton next month. “She’s fine and she’s sound,” Lukas said in the TDN. “But…rather than try to get her back together we decided to just go ahead and sell her.” Yes, nothing says gratitude like the auction block.
As if the above didn’t already perfectly sum up this filthy, rotten industry, here’s more from Lukas. First, in BloodHorse, “We’ll miss her financially….” But then, upon further reflection, he says (Horse Racing Nation): “We’ll find another one.” Yup, next cog up.