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Main Sequence Retires Due to Injury

Added on: July 21, 2015

Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred racehorse, Main Sequence, has apparently been retired according to Flaxman Holdings racing manager, Alan Cooper. Throughout his time racing Main Sequence has been trained by David Lanigan and Graham Motion and has amassed an incredible career earnings totalling £ 2,017,513.00 (approximately $3,428,666).

The chestnut Thoroughbred, multiple Grade 1 winner and two-time champion spent the first three years racing in Europe claiming a victory in all four of his first ever races which included the Lingfield Derby Trial. The unbeaten run came to an end in 2012 when he was the runner up in the Epsom Derby. The recent decision to retire Main Sequence came after he picked up a serious injury.

“Following Main Sequence's poor performance in the United Nations Stakes, a thorough veterinary examination was carried out last week,” said Cooper. “A tendon tear was discovered and the decision has been taken to retire him. The 2014 Eclipse champion turf male and Eclipse champion older male has given his owners great pleasure throughout his career.” We obtained these comments from the official Herringswell Stables website.

Main Sequence is the son of Aldebaran and was foaled on February 13th, 2009. After a poor 2013, he was gelded and sent to continue his career in the United States. The six year old then thrived in 2014, securing Grade 1 victories in his first four starts on American turf. These victories occurred at the United Nations Stakes, the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes and in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Main Sequence will be transferred for rehabilitation to his brother Alexander's Old Chapel Farm near Middlesburg, Va. “Here at Fair Hill, he gets turned out every day, so it will just be extension of that,” said Motion. He then went on to say, “It is an injury a horse can come back from. It is a matter of rest, but the horse doesn't owe anyone anything, and the family would like to see him retire a champion. He would be capable of doing other things, but it is all to be decided.”

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