INGLEWOOD, Calif. (March 8, 2012)—The Usual Q.T., who became the first California bred in nearly a quarter of a century to win the Hollywood Derby in 2009, has been retired from racing.
Michael Nentwig, one of the partners – along with wife Melinda – in the ownership group of the 6-year-old son of Unusual Heat, made the announcement on the gelding’s Facebook page.
“Today is a bittersweet day for the connections of The Usual Q.T.’’ wrote Nentwig. “At the advice of trainer Jim Cassidy, we are going to retire The Usual Q.T. from racing. Words can not describe the joy and excitement this tremendous horse brought to our lives.’’
The win in the Grade I Hollywood Derby was the sixth in a row for the bay, capping a year which saw him start nine times and earn $498,670. His other stakes wins in 2009 included the California Cup Mile, the Grade II Oak Tree Derby and the Grade III Sir Beaufort Stakes.
Bred by Carlee Van Kempen, The Usual Q.T. is owned by the Nentwigs, Don Van Kempen, George and Carolyn Saadeh and Jeff and Theresa Byer.
Third in his final start in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 16 at Santa Anita, The Unusual Q.T., who was out of the Western Fame mare Lunge, finished his career with eight wins in 23 starts and earnings of $1,531,240.
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