The three-year-old Ghostzapper son had ran seven furlongs in a time of 1:28 2/5 on April 22, which was his first work since a fifth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 8.
“He had a good work last week and he didn’t come out of it well,” said Shah. “The ankle injury would have taken a significant amount of time to recover from, so we decided to retire him.”
Before the Santa Anita Derby, Iliad had ran in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) on March 11, where he finished a far second behind winner Mastery. He broke his maiden in a maiden special weight race in December of 2016 at the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred racetrack. He was trained by Hall of Fame Bob Baffert for his maiden race and was then moved to Doug O’Neill’s watch, who led him to the San Vicente victory. He earned nearly $250,000 in five career starts.
“He certainly had us all dreaming out there for a while, but he was unable to run his best race in the Santa Anita Derby,” said Shah, who believed at one point Iliad could have been a Triple Crown contender. Iliad’s retirement plans haven’t been settled yet, but Shah might make him a stallion.