CLN TURF CUP WINNER RAHYSTRADA RETIRED AT NINE

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(DRF) Rahystarda, the winner of the 2011 $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup Gr.3 and the only horse to win the Arlington Handicap three times, has been retired after finishing fifth in an allowance race Thursday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Owner Robert Courtney Jr. said he and trainer Scooter Hughes had “decided it’s time to give the horse a good life” in light of the two subpar performances that ended the 9-year-old gelding’s 46-race career. Rahystrada had finished 11th in the Aug. 17 Arlington Million in his previous start.

“It’s been a very humbling, very moving experience to own a horse like this,” Courtney said. “He was loved by many people.”

An earner of $1,383,730, the gelding will live out his days at Courtney’s Stonebridge Farm near Lexington.

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