Street Life retired, adding to 3-year-old woes

August 30, 2012 

Belmont Stakes Horse Racing

Belmont Stakes hopeful Street Life trains at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes is Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Down goes another 3-year-old.

Street Life, who was injured in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, was retired Thursday, according to the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union.

A 3-year-old season that began with I'll Have Another making a serious run at horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978 has deteriorated to the point many of the class's top contenders have been taken off the track for good.

Street Life, who finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes in his only Triple Crown appearance, entered the Travers off a victory in the Curlin Stakes on July 27. In the Travers, Street Life finished last. He was pulled up shortly after the wire by jockey Jose Lezcano and vanned off.

Trainer Chad Brown told the Albany Times-Union on Thursday that a ruptured ligament in the left front pastern ended Street Life's racing career.

Street Life, a son of Street Sense, retires with career earnings of $237,735, with three wins in eight starts.

I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was retired on the eve of the Belmont Stakes after tendinitis was discovered in his left front leg.

Union Rags, winner of the Belmont, was retired July 20 with a suspensory injury to his left front.

Bodemeister, runner-up in the first two Triple Crown races, was retired last Thursday with a shoulder injury.

Hansen's handlers announced last Wednesday their juvenile champion would probably be retired because of a tendon injury to his left front leg.

Belmont runner-up and Haskell Invitational winner Paynter has been sidelined recently by a fever and inflammation of the colon, the Albany newspaper reported.

Owner Ahmed Zayat told the Times-Union, "He looks very grave, but hopefully he can pull through. I'm not running this horse as a 3-year-old. I don't need to. I wanted to run him as a 4-year-old. Now, he's fighting for his life."

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