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By Ed Golden, Santa Anita Publicity
Dortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner who finished third to eventual Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in that year’s Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness Stakes, has been retired, trainer Art Sherman said Sunday morning.
“It seemed like the right time now that’s he’s getting older,” Sherman said of the five-year-old chestnut horse, who finished sixth in the Grade I Kilroe Mile in his turf debut March 11, and fourth by nearly 10 lengths in the Santana Mile on April 1.
“He’s just not the Dortmund he used to be,” said Sherman, who received the over-sized son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown in late December after owner Kaleem Shah moved him from Bob Baffert’s barn.
Dortmund will serve as a stallion, but Sherman had no details. “We’re still in negotiations right now,” he said.
Dortmund retired with $1,987,505 in earnings thanks in the main to eight wins from 16 starts, with two seconds and two thirds. His last victory came in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 28, 2015.
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