‘Tremendous’ Green Mask Fractures Sesamoid During Sunday Breeze, Retired

Abdullah Saeed Almaddah’s multiple graded stakes winner Green Mask fractured a left front sesamoid during a turf work Sunday morning at Belmont Park and will be retired, trainer Brad Cox confirmed by phone.

Green Mask was pulled up abruptly by his rider at the top of the stretch on the inner turf course and was vanned back to Cox’s barn, where he was attended to by veterinarians. Cox said that the injury is not believed to be life threatening but will require surgery.

“It’s still kind of in the works as to where he’ll go right now, but he will need surgery,” he said.

A 6-year-old gelding by Mizzen Mast, Green Mask held an all-fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, earned by his two-length victory in the Grade 2 Highlander on July 2 at Woodbine Racetrack. Last out, he posted a personal-best 111 Beyer Speed Figure for his 1 ¾-length win in the Troy Handicap on August 6 at Saratoga Race Course. The winner’s share of the Troy purse pushed his career earnings over the seven-figure mark.

Green Mask retired with an 8-8-3 record from 27 lifetime starts and $1,064,761 in earnings.

Green Mask, who finished first or second in all six starts this year, also won the Grade 3 Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs in May and checked in a half-length behind the record-setting Disco Partner in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational on June 10 on Belmont Stakes Day.

“He’s been a tremendous horse,” said Cox, who took over the gelding’s training in May 2016. “We’re very thankful to have had him and for what he gave to us. We’ll do all we can to hopefully give him a good life. We will make sure he doesn’t suffer, but we think it is repairable. I think he will make a nice pleasure horse.”

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