Injury to Top 2-Year-Old Not This Time Forces Retirement
If you’ve watched Not This Time run and his short career, you know this 2-year-old was special. He displayed sensational speed in his two-horse duel with Classic Empire in his runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5. But the talented son of Giant’s Causeway suffered a soft tissue injury to his right front leg, and the owners have decided Not This Time will be retired and stand stud at Taylor Made Stallions Farm in Nicholasville, KY
“Not This Time has it all, and was arguably the best 2-year-old in 2016,” said Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor. “He just oozed brilliance, from the moment he trounced maiden company by 10 lengths, to his 8 ¾-length decimation of the competition in the Grade 3 Iroquois. He even ran the fastest Ragozin number in the field in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, despite coming out of the race with the injury. As a matter of fact, Not This Time’s 4 ¾ Ragozin is the fastest in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile since Uncle Mo in 2010.
“On top of his talent, this colt is a half-brother to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner, Liam’s Map, and, physically, Not This Time is one of the best-looking horses I’ve ever seen. People will see it for themselves when they come out to look at him. He’s out of one of the very best families going right now, and everything in it is good looking. The genetics just don’t miss. He’s by a sire of sires in Giant’s Causeway, and his dam Miss Macy Sue is line bred to champion Ta Wee. This is one exciting stallion prospect,” added Taylor.
Considered a top contender and early co-favorite in Las Vegas for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Not This Time became a favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after his runaway win in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. The striking The striking dark bay colt displayed a powerful closing punch in the stretch to draw away from his rivals for an eye-grabbing 8 ¾-length win in the Iroquois, earning an 86 Beyer Speed Figure and a 6 ½ Ragozin number. In his previous start, Not This Time broke his maiden impressively by 10 lengths at Ellis Park in August, running a mile in 1:35.99 with a final eighth of a mile in 11.82 seconds while being geared down at the wire by jockey Robby Albarado.
“What I felt was extreme talent there. That was some kind of feeling. He’s one of the best I’ve ever sat on,” said Albarado, who has ridden Horses of the Year like Curlin and Mineshaft.
Not This Time was a valiant runner-up in the recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, breaking from post 10 and rallying to finish a neck behind Classic Empire at the wire, 7 ½ lengths clear of the third-place finisher. Both colts earned a 102 Beyer and a 0 Thoro-Graph for the performance – the fastest Beyer and Thoro-Graph by a 2-year-old colt in 2016. Not This Time earned a 4 ¾ Ragozin for the performance, which was faster than any horse in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field, including Classic Empire’s 5 ½ Ragozin.
“I really believe Not This Time might have been the best horse I’ve ever had, so it’s a real shame to see him leave the barn before we got to see him fulfill his enormous potential, because there’s no doubt in my mind he was as good of a Kentucky Derby contender as there is out there,” said trainer Dale Romans. “I told (owner) Dennis (Albaugh) he better stay in on him as a stallion because he’s going to be the next Danzig. This horse is the real deal. Spooky good, like I’ve said before. He looks the part, he had the mindset for it, he had the talent and turn of foot. There’s just nothing missing with him.”
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