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Retired Millionaire Cordmaker Leaves Laurel Park


Hillwood Steady’s grade 3-winning millionaire and Mid-Atlantic fan favourite Cordmaker  left coach Rodney Jenkins’ Laurel Park barn for the last time July 16, five days after the 8-year-old gelding was retired with an ankle injury.

The chestnut son of two-time Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Famer Curlin is scheduled to have surgical procedure Monday on the New Bolton Middle in Kennett Sq., Pa. for insertion of a screw to assist with the therapeutic course of. He’ll then be turned out at David and JoAnn Hayden’s Darkish Hole Farm in Upperco, Md.—the place he spent his annual winter holidays—earlier than closing retirement plans are settled.

“You possibly can’t discover a nicer barn round to spend a while,” Jenkins’ assistant coach, Eveline Kjelstrup stated. “It is going to be very thrilling.”

Bought in 2016 as a yearling for $150,000 by Hillwood’s Ellen Charles, Cordmaker had been with Jenkins at Laurel since March of his 2-year-old season. He was retired with 14 wins, 4 seconds, eight thirds, and $1,004,380 in purse earnings from 39 begins, changing into a millionaire with a third-place end within the 2022 Richard W. Small over Thanksgiving weekend at Laurel, his closing begin at 7.

Eleven of Cordmaker’s wins got here in stakes, none greater than the 2022 Common George (G3), his lone graded triumph. He additionally ran third in back-to-back editions of the historic Pimlico Particular (G3), crushed two heads by Tenfold in 2019 and a couple of 1/2 lengths by Harpers First Trip in 2020, when the race was delayed from mid-Could to October amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“That was our last win together (and) our biggest win together,” jockey Victor Carrasco said. “We all wanted to get it done. We tried many, many times with him, and we finally made it happen in a big race like that. It was very awesome, very special.”

Carrasco visited Cordmaker and fed him carrots Sunday morning before his departure. The Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013, he was aboard for 26 of Cordmaker’s races with 11 wins, 10 of them in stakes, including the 2018 and 2022 Jennings, 2019 and 2021 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial, 2019 Polynesian and 2021 Richard Small and Robert T. Manfuso.

Cordmaker wins the 2022 Jennings Stakes at Laurel Park
Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club

Cordmaker and Victor Carrasco win the 2022 Jennings Stakes at Laurel Park

“I would like to get to ride him a few more times but things happen and I’m glad that he’s going to a very, very good home, healthy.” Carrasco said. “He’s not laying down and sore or anything like that. I know that he’s going to be in good hands.”

The Manfuso win was particularly meaningful for the connections since Cordmaker was bred in Maryland by its namesake, who passed away in 2020, and fellow Laurel trainer Katy Voss. The victory also clinched the overall Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series title.

“He won that very impressively. He won that for fun,” Kjelstrup said. “It was a very exciting series of races that year and he showed up every race and then won the final in great style, so that was special.”

Cordmaker was injured running fourth in an open allowance July 7 at Laurel, his first start in 224 days, and was retired four days later. Cordmaker was Maryland’s champion older male of 2019.

“He’s been very, very good to me and very special,” Carrasco said. “I’ve been very blessed and very thankful for being part of this team for years, thanks to Mr. Jenkins and Mrs. Charles and everybody. I was lucky this horse likes me enough. We were lucky that we always did well. Even when we didn’t win, we were always trying our best and fighting for it. It was just awesome to be always together with this guy.”

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.


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