Royalty For Life retired from racing
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The racing career of 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life is over after veterinarians at Cornell University Equine Hospital diagnosed a significant tear of a suspensory in a hind leg. The injury was discovered by trainer George Ducharme two days before the John Cashman Jr. Memorial eliminations on July 26 at the Meadowlands, which led to the 4-year-old trotter being scratched.
Royalty For Life made just two starts at the Meadowlands in 2014, the first coming July 5 in the Hambletonian Maturity where he finished eighth after being interfered with. He then finished third in a July 18 overnight, which brought his career earnings to $1,620,166. While he took a race mark of 1:52, his career best is a 1:51.3 qualifying effort.
"He will stay with me until he heals up enough and then we'll make a plan,” said Ducharme. "He'll have stall rest under my watch, rather than at some farm where he tears himself up because he can't go out. He's fine and not in any pain. The leg looks pretty good. We've been hand-walking him every day and now waiting for the owners to decide what the next move is.”
Fontaine said he will now sit down with Ross and Campbell, who also owns Royalty For Life's sire, RC Royalty, who stands at the Morrisville College Equine Institute, and decide on Royalty For Life's stallion career.
"We're going to see what he needs in terms of treatment and stall rest, and then shift gears and determine what is best for his future in terms of breeding and standing at stud.”—By Gordon Waterstone