Strike the Gold to be retired

June 07, 1993|By Ross Peddicord

NEW YORK -- Strike the Gold came out of his third-place finish in Saturday's Nassau County Handicap "so stiff and sore," said trainer Nick Zito that owners Bill Condren and Joe Cornacchia have decided to retire him.

"It's just too risky to go on with him," Zito said. "He's showing the wear and tear of racing."

The horse will stay with Zito for a month while the owners negotiate where he will stand at stud.

In addition to winning the 1991 Kentucky Derby, Strike the Gold won the Pimlico Special and Nassau County Handicap last year. He won six of 31 starts and earned $3,457,026.

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