Multiple New York-bred turf champion Lubash retires sound at 10

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Lubash crosses $1 million earnings threshold in G3 Tropical Turf H., 11/22/2014 (Natalie Fawkes)

By Sarah Mace

Lubash, voted New York-bred male turf champion in 2014 and 2015, has been retired sound at age 10 by owner/breeder Leonard Pivnic and trainer Christophe Clement.

On Wednesday, Clement tweeted that Lubash was “not showing the same interest in training [as he did before].” He added, “He retires sound as a [10-year-old, and] we are SO very proud of his career!”

Lubash won 12 stakes races, earned $1,515,139 and participated for years in a thrilling and popular rivalry with fellow New York-bred turf veterans King Kreesa and Kharafa (both age 8 this year).

In all, the son of Freud won 18 races from 54 starts, with nine seconds and seven thirds. In graded company, Lubash won the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West in 2014 and 2016, and the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in 2013.

Lubash was trained at three and four by James Ryerson, for whom he won his first three stakes: the New York Stallion Stakes series Cab Calloway Division, open Fifth Marine Stakes and open Monarch’s Maze. After moving to the Clement Barn in 2012 he continued to go from strength to strength. Within the highly competive New York-bred male turf division, Lubash won the Ashley T. Cole and West Point twice, and the Kingston and Mohawk once each.

“Mr. Pivnick decided on retiring him and he’s been absolutely great to all of us involved,” Clement told the NYRA Communications team. “He did not do his entire career with me, but he did some of his career with us and I’m very proud of him. He was a very tough campaigner.”

As to the future, Clement said, “[Lubash]’s perfectly sound and is retiring as a sound horse. I’m going to find him a place where he can enjoy life. When he was right he had two or three amazing races in New York going seven-eighths of a mile. He’s a very good and well-balanced horse and had a great turn-of-foot.”

Foaled at Carapan Farm, Lubash is the most successful offspring of Nasty Cure, a stakes-placed daughter of Cure the Blues, who produced four other multiple winners including stakes-placed New York-bred Netcong by Meadow Flight, who started 87 times and banked $327,924.


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