‘Suspensory Issue’ Forces Retirement Of Grade 1 Winner Diversify

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ Diversify has officially been retired, according to drf.com. The 6-year-old gelding exited a Saturday breeze with an aggravation of an old suspensory injury, so Evans and conditioner Jonathan Thomas made the decision to retire the two-time Grade 1 winner.

“He had a suspensory issue that we’ve had to deal with,” said Ralph Evans. “But it’s been a great ride, a million-dollar ride. Diversify was the first horse my daughter ever owned; now she’s hooked for life. He won some of the biggest races around, and I am delighted we were able to win a second Grade 1 before Rick (Violette) passed away last year. The horse meant a great deal not only to us but to Rick and his family as well.”

Evans and his daughter purchased Diversify at the 2016 Keeneland November sale for $210,000, and the horse went on to win the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup and the 2018 Whitney Stakes under the care of the late Rick Violette. His final race was a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Jockey Club Gold Cup, after which Violette’s passing saw him turned out on the farm.

Thomas was chosen to train the horse in 2019, but Diversify did not make it back into the starting gate.

Read more at drf.com.

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