Ten Keys, the top grass horse in Maryland the last several years, has been retired, owner Charles Linhoss said yesterday.
Linhoss said the 7-year-old horse has a fractured sesamoid bone and a torn suspensory ligament.
"It made all the sense in the world to call it quits," said Linhoss. "He certainly earned it."
The horse was one of the best claims in recent Maryland racing history, and his success allowed Linhoss to stop working full time as a carpenter. He was claimed in January 1987 by trainer Mike Pino for $14,500; he retires with earnings of $1,209,211, virtually all of it for Linhoss.
Ten Keys, by Sir Ivor Again, won stakes in nine states -- virtually all on turf -- and was named Maryland-bred turf champion the past two years.
Linhoss said Ten Keys will go to stud, but no arrangements have been made.
* What does a jockey wear to ride other than silks, pants, boots and a helmet?
If you're Andrea Seefeldt, you wear a new engagement ring.
Seefeldt, 28, was presented with the ring late Saturday night by Larry Knight Jr. The pair had entertained about 125 friends at a pig roast at Seefeldt's Reisterstown home.
"After we finished cleaning up, about 1 or 1:30, he said, 'I've got something for you,' " Seefeldt said yesterday before the Pimlico Race Course program. "I was surprised."
No date has been set, but Seefeldt, the leading female rider in Maryland in 1990 and 1991, said she expects the wedding to take place within the next year. They have been dating for about 16 months.
Knight, 30, is a manager for Larry Knight Construction, owned by his father, Larry Sr.