English channel the leading turf bull in North America this year, is not expected to breed in 2022 due to unspecified health issues, according to Calumet Farm.
La Manche was at its best on grass, winning graded stakes on grass at 3, 4 and 5. In his 5 year old season he won the 2007 John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) at Monmouth Park for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner James Scatuorchio. He earned over $5.3 million, winning 13 of 23 career starts.
“This is an unfortunate blow for a stallion who was reaching the pinnacle of his career and finally getting the respect he deserved,” read a statement from Calumet Farm. “However, at Calumet we strive to provide the best care for all our horses and we will always put the health, safety and welfare of the horse first. At the moment, it doesn’t look like the Channel will happen again in the coming season.”
English Channel has spawned seven champions, 32 ranked bet winners and 61 bet winners. His offspring have earned more than $62 million, thanks to the achievements of seven millionaires and 12 individual Tier 1 winners.
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