Work All Week, who won the Breeders' Cup Sprint last year, has been retired from racing because of a stress fracture in his right knee, his connections announced Thursday.
Richard Papiese of Midwest Thoroughbreds said the stress fracture was discovered during a routine scan performed after his third-place finish in the Grade III Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 2.
"We decided to go ahead and check his knees for no reason except just to be thorough and we found a stress fracture that likely occurred during the running of the Phoenix," Papiese said. "To bring him back as a 7-year-old would be a big risk and he's already done so much ... that I would not risk his health and happiness. It's not a tragedy and the glass isn't half-empty — it's full because he isn't shattered."
Trained by Roger Brueggemann, Work All Week was named the Eclipse Award champion male sprinter for 2014 when he won five of six starts, highlighted by his half-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1.
The only time the 6-year-old gelding finished worse than third in any of his 19 career starts came when he finished sixth in his career debut going 11⁄16 miles on the turf at Hawthorne in November 2012. The Illinois-bred son of City Zip retires with 13 wins and $1,511,071 in earnings.