High profile sprinter Antonio Lombardo (Pins x Petit Verdot) has been retired.
Antonio Lombardo retires sound after 64 starts spread across seven seasons. Time was called on the little brown after he had finished fourth of four in the open sprint at Tauranga yesterday, the same race in which he scored the last of his 13 wins a year ago.
“We could carry on racing him but it’s getting too tough having to carry big weights just about every time he goes to the races,” explained trainer Peter McKay, who raced the Pins gelding win his wife Kim and long-time stable client Trevor Luke.
“You can hardly complain when he’s done such a good job over the years and won nearly $700,000 in stakes. He owes us nothing and it’s very satisfying to retire him sound.
“But it is hard under our ratings system with a horse – especially a gelding – that’s been as consistent as him. Even though he hasn’t won a race for a year he’s only dropped four points in 11 races since and the only time he’s carried less than 59 kilos was when he ran in a set weight and penalties race.”
Antonio Lombardo’s most lucrative season was in fact his first, when he collected $290,000 after winning the Gr. 3 Taranaki 2YO Stakes and Listed Wellesley Stakes as well as finishing second in the Gr. 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes and Karaka Million.
At three he won the Gr. 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas, Gr. 3 Sarten Memorial Stakes and Listed Northland Challenge Stakes, while subsequent wins included the Gr.3 Spring Sprint at Hastings as a six-year-old.
Antonio Lombardo, who cost $120,000 from Trelawney Stud’s Karaka Premier Sale draft, won 13 of his 64 starts along with nine seconds and seven thirds for stakes of $679,290.
“He’s been a real favourite with everyone and we’re going to miss not having him around, but we’ll find him a good home,” McKay said. “Someone else who appreciates a genuine little horse can have some fun with him now.”
Trelawney will offer a half-sister by Ocean Park as lot 334 at the upcoming NZB Premier Yearling Sale-The Informant