GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero New Year's Day (Street Cry {Ire}-Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union) has been officially retired and will stand stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Kentucky, according to Ben Glass, racing manager for owners Gary and Mary West.

The lightly raced bay was acting up while exiting the track after a routine gallop Christmas Eve and Hall of Fame conditioner Bob Baffert noticed that he looked a bit tender walking out of the wash stall later that morning. X-rays later revealed a non-displaced chip on his right hind sesamoid bone.

"[The vets] said that you can either go on with it, take him out of training, or do the surgery," Glass told the TDN. ABob [Baffert] said, "This horse is too valuable. I don't want to be holding my breath every time I work him."Mr. and Mrs. West decided that, rather than trying to make more money and go on with him, that the best thing to do was just retire him. Sesamoids are nothing to mess with, so we just went ahead and made the decision to retire him."

New Year's Day opened his account with a rallying third-place finish going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 17 and returned to earn his diploma there going a mile Aug. 31. Subsequently freshened, the bay returned in style with an impressive come from- behind tally over favored Havana (Dunkirk) in the Breeders' Cup.

"It's tough, but it's part of the business," Baffert said. "It's so disappointing because we were really looking forward to what he could accomplish and were really looking forward to the Classics. I haven't been this excited about a horse since Point Given running in the Classics. It's disappointing, but the horse is going to be fine." Baffert added, "Any time you are dealing with a sesamoid, it is a tough call. But with a horse of this caliber, I would never feel comfortable. It is not going to affect his everyday life, but for racing, it is a different story."

New Year's Day, bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, retires with a record of 3-2-0-1 and earnings of $1,154,000. Produced by GII Bonnie Miss S. and GII Davona Dale S. heroine Justwhistledixie, New Year's Day brought $425,000 as a KEESEP yearling.

Black Rock Stable Silks Raced by Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc


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