Invasor injured, retired

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<p>NEW YORK – 2006 USA Horse of the Year Invasor was on Saturday retired after veterinary surgeons found a cracked bone in his right hind leg.</p>

<p>The injury was found following a workout. It is not life-threatening, but the horse’s racing days are over.</p>
<p>Invasor won 11 races and $7.8 million during his career. His biggest wins came last year at the $5-million Breeder’s Cup Classic and $6-million Dubai World Cup. The five-year-old colt lost only once in his career.</p>
<p>Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin explained how the injury was found.</p>
<p>&quot;He came back fine from our workout,&quot; McLaughlin said. &quot;But when we went to wash his feet, he took a couple of funny steps and we noticed some swelling in his right hind leg.&quot;</p>
<p>With the finding of the cracked bone, Invasor was scratched from his scheduled outing, the Suburban Handicap on 30 June at Belmont Park.</p>
<p>Instead, the former Horse of the Year will be sent to stud at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky.</p>
<p>The end of the horse’s racing career left McLaughlin particularly distressed.</p>
<p>&quot;It’s a very sad day for all of us,&quot; he said. &quot;Invasor was a superb horse and a pleasure to be around.&quot; – AHN.</p>

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