Budroyale, Who Rose From Claiming Ranks, Is Retired at 9

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Budroyale, one of the best claims in the history of thoroughbred racing, has been retired.

A 9-year-old full brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, Budroyale was trying to make another comeback for owner Jeffrey Sengara and trainer Ted H. West, but the gelding had a setback.

Claimed for $50,000 early in 1998, the son of Cee’s Tizzy finished with earnings of nearly $2.85 million, winning 17 of 52 starts.

He had stakes victories in the San Bernardino, Goodwood Breeders’ Cup, San Antonio and California Cup Classic at Santa Anita, the Mervyn LeRoy and Super Diamond at Hollywood Park and the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in Washington. The latter was especially meaningful to Sengara because it was a race his late father had always wanted to win.


Besides that, he was runner-up at 26-1 to Cat Thief in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park and was second to General Challenge in the Santa Anita Handicap in 2000.

Trainer Bobby Frankel picked up his 13th stakes victory of the Santa Anita meet, but it certainly did not come easy for 1-2 favorite Megahertz in the $82,500 Providencia.

The English-bred filly beat La Martina by a nose in 1:471/5 for the 11/8 miles on turf.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux continued his roll away from California with horses from the state when he won the $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes with Roman Dancer at Aqueduct.

Later on the Aqueduct card, Affirmed Success, the 9-2 third choice beat 41-1 longshot Voodoo by a length in the $350,000 Carter Handicap.