Track's all-time leading earner Wasserman retires after injury | Emerald Downs

Wasserman and jockey Jennifer Whitaker in the 11-year-old gelding
Wasserman and jockey Jennifer Whitaker in the 11-year-old gelding's final victory at Emerald Downs, Aug. 9.
— image credit: Reed and Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs

Wasserman was pulled up in Sunday's seventh race and vanned back to trainer Howard Belvoir's barn, where the trainer said the track's all-time leading earner was in no distress.

According to Belvoir, the 11-year-old gelding suffered a bowed tendon in his left front leg and is retired from racing.

"He's doing great," Belvoir said of Wasserman. "Grooms from other barns came over to see him. Everybody's feeding him and he's eating it all. He feels great.

"A bowed tendon needs to heal and he'll be fine. He's been an unbelievably sound horse."

The track's all-time leading earner with $575,024, Wasserman is 13-13-13 in 71 career starts at Emerald Downs, including a win in his most recent start Aug. 9.

Wasserman's magical 2008 season, in which he won four stakes and the 2008 Longacres Mile, is one of the greatest years by any horse in Washington racing history.

NOTES: 2012 Belle Roberts winner Cielator ($10.20) turned in a huge run to win the $22,575 sub-feature for older fillies and mares, running six furlongs in a blistering 1:08.57, while 3-year-old fillies Blueberrry Smoothie and Goin to the Window finished second and third. A 5-year-old Washington-bred by Delineator, Cielator is 4-1-0 in seven career starts and appears ready to defend her title in the $50,000 Belle Roberts, sponsored by Comcast SportsNet, on Sunday, Sept. 8... Trainer Junior Coffey and jockey Ronald Richard combined for two wins Sunday... Cielator and 2-year-old filly Da Burn ($4.80), a daughter of Forestry, who notched a 12 1/4-length victory in a $17,850 maiden special weight... Trainer Jeff Metz also had two victories and pulled within one win, 35-34, of Frank Lucarelli in the standings... Lil Sister Sadie ($26.20) and jockey Eliska Kubinova posted one of the meet's most unusual wins, drifting extremely wide into the stretch, and then re-rallying for a nose victory in the one-mile race for fillies and mares. It also was trainer Jamie Comber's first win of the meet... Kubinova, fifth in the jockeys' standings with 40 wins, received a two-day suspension – Sept. 1-2 – for causing interference in Saturdays second race... Longacres Mile nominee Fed Biz ($17.60) won the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (G2) at Del Mar in a track record 1:21.12 for seven furlongs... Live racing continues Friday with first post 6:45 p.m. The four-day racing week includes a special holiday program on Monday, September 2.

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