Bodexpress and Princess Noor Retired

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, December 7, 2020

bodexpressTrainer and part-owner Gustavo Delgado announced late last night on Twitter that BODEXPRESS suffered a "career-ending injury" and is being retired. Just as the racing community was ready to cheer him on some more after his 11-1 win in the Clark at Churchill Downs.

BODEXPRESS finished his career a winner with a record of 4-4-3 out of 17 starts and earnings of $694,600.

Also retired over the weekend due to a soft tissue injury was the Bob Baffert trainee PRINCESS NOOR. The filly was pulled up during the Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on Saturday. After the race, x-rays showed no fractures and that it was a soft tissue injury. Initially, Baffert stated, "It's soft tissue. I don't know if she hit herself. She'll be fine. She didn't break anything." 

However, Zedan's Racing Stales announced via Twitter the following day that she had been retired from racing. "Our focus is to get her healthy and be the best mom she can be. It hurts, but we pray to God she's well and retirement is the best decision." 

The filly was the 3-5 favorite for the Starlet and had taken the lead after the second turn but was slowed and stopped by jockey Victor Espinoza. She left the track via ambulance, walking onto it under her own power.

PRINCESS NOOR was a $135,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase and topped the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in training at $1.35 million. She retires a winner with three wins of five starts and earnings of $365,500.


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