Multiple Grade 1 winner The Pizza Man, winner of the Arlington Million in 2015, has been retired from racing.
The Illinois-bred champion most recently finished last in the 2017 edition of the Million, and as the Blood-Horse reports, the 8-year-old gelding was discovered to have a chip in his left front ankle. At that point, The Pizza Man’s connections – owner/breeder Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Roger Brueggemann decided to retire him.
According to the Blood-Horse, The Pizza Man is expected to rehab in Florida before a decision is made as to a possible second career, possibly as a stable pony or jumper.
“That has to be at the top,” Richard Papiese co-owner of MIdwest Thoroughbreds, said of the Arlington Million win. “There are a lot of good moments, but that was a great moment. He’s probably the best horse to come out of Illinois, if you think about it. But that being said, he had a great career.”
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