Sports Illustrated retired

Sports Illustrated (Opie Bosson), winning Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Sports Illustrated (Opie Bosson), winning Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Group Two-winning mare Sports Illustrated has been retired following an injury to a suspensory in last Saturday’s Gr. 1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa.

“She knuckled over and slipped quite badly about two-strides out of the gates,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman.

“On Sunday morning when I got to the stable and we walked her out of her box, it was pretty obvious she had injured herself pretty badly, and scans confirmed it.”

The Waikato Stud-owned mare won the Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa in 2014, and was also twice Group One placed, including a third behind Kawi and Stolen Dance in last month’s Thorndon Mile.

“The main thing is she will heal in time, and she will get every chance as a broodmare at Waikato Stud,” said Forsman.

— NZ Racing Desk