Moreno, the 2014 Whitney Handicap winner, has been retired after finishing eighth of nine horses in the 88th edition of the race at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, trainer Eric Guillot told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday.
The 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper chased front-runner Liam’s Map early, but backed out of it after three-quarters of a mile.
Despite just four victories in 29 career starts, Moreno retires just $7,810 shy of the $3 million mark in purses. His last win came in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in April.
Moreno did some of his best work at Saratoga.
Besides last year’s Whitney, he was second by a nose to Will Take Charge in a thrilling 2013 Travers and was second by a half-length to Itsmyluckyday in last year’s Woodward, after having beaten Itsmyluckyday by one and a quarter lengths in the Whitney.
Honor Code, Saturday’s Whitney winner by a neck over Liam’s Map, is likely to run in the Oct. 3 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park next.
“He came out great,” said Robby Medina, trainer Shug McGaughey’s assistant. “He’s been standing at the front of his stall all morning, happy and as proud as a horse can be.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher said the Jockey Club Gold Cup is also a logical spot for Liam’s Map, although he could consider the Woodward on closing weekend of Saratoga or the one-mile Kelso Handicap on the Jockey Club Gold Cup undercard.
Spectacular in defeat, Liam’s Map set very fast early fractions and never gave way, but couldn’t hold off Honor Code in the final jump.
“I knew we had gone fast and that Tonalist and Honor Code dropped way back, so you figured they would be running,” Pletcher said. “Looking at the finish line, knew it was going to be close. We’re not big on consolation prizes, but we were proud of his effort.”
STANLEY CUP ON TRACK
The Stanley Cup will be on the track grounds for photo ops to benefit the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne from 1:30-3:30 today.
Fans can have their photo taken with the Cup for a $10 donation to the year-round camp, which provides specialized programs and support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
The Stanley Cup will be located at the Community Outreach Booth outside the jockeys silks room.
Trainer Tom Morley has entered his filly, Amazing Anne, against males in today’s New York Stallion Series Stakes at a mile on the inner turf.
She’s also entered in the filly division of the series on Thursday, but likely will run today and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line while carrying 112 pounds, at least five fewer than each of the six colts in the race.
AROUND THE TRACK
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Among those celebrating trainer Joe Sharp’s victory with Pink Freud Live in the winner’s circle after the third race were his wife, former jockey Rosie Napravnik and their baby son, Carson Wayne, who was born on June 1.