Cape Town has been retired from racing because of a fractured left front leg suffered in the Preakness, Overbrook Farm announced yesterday.
The Florida Derby winner finished ninth in the Preakness after being installed as a solid 5-2 third choice in the betting behind Real Quiet and Victory Gallop.
He will stand at stud beginning in February at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm, which bred him.
Overbrook Farm manager Jim Cannon said he is convinced Cape Town, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, was injured when he pulled a shoe off at the top of the stretch and began fading from contention to the back of the pack.
"I'm sure he just put his foot down when the shoe was coming off," said Cannon. "It didn't come off cleanly. It looked like it took a couple of strides to come off.
"He just sort of put it down at an angle, and it put some pressure on some things it shouldn't have."
Earlier this year, Cape Town won the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes. In his career, he won five of 12 starts and $795,817.
The area was iced by trainer D. Wayne Lukas immediately after the race, and the swelling subsided. X-rays Monday revealed the fractured sesamoid after the horse returned to Kentucky.
After winning half of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Kentucky Jockey Club Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, he opened 1998 by winning the Holy Bull Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park. He then finished fourth in the Fountain of Youth and won the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on the disqualification of Lil's Lad. He finished third in Keeneland's Blue Grass before his starts in the Derby and Preakness.
"He did everything we asked of him," said Cannon. "We're set up to be a stallion factory, and he's in the pipeline."
Pub Date: 5/21/98