Any hopes of seeing Champagne Room competing in 2018 will likely have to be put on ice as the former champion two-year old is dealing with a foot injury. While the ailment is not considered to be life threatening, it may end the career of the four-year-old filly that fans have come to cherish. Trainer Peter Eurton told the media that her connections are considering retirement instead of pushing her back on to the track.
“It’s nothing life threatening. She’s just going to need some time off,” said Eurton. “There are a couple of offers on the table for the owners to entertain, but I’m out of that loop right now.”
As a two-year-old, Champagne Room crashed the world championships during a massive year of tremendously exciting upsets. She entered the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as a 20/1 longshot and dusted Valadorna and American Gal, two of the top choices according to the odds. It was an unexpected result to be sure, with the daughter of Broken Vow out of Lucky To Be Me also winning the 2016 Sorrento while placing 3rd in the Del Mar Debutante 4th in the Chandelier.
Her 2017 season proved to be just as up and down. She opened with a 3rd place finish at the Las Virgenes, placing behind Unique Bella and Mopotism. Though she bounced back by cruising to victory in the 2017 Remington Park Oaks, she would fall to 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and well off the pace. Champagne Room concluded her season in the Bayoka Handicap, where she placed 2nd.
That may be her final race, but fans and owners alike hope that the filly can make a defiant return. Over 9 starts, Champagne Room has gone 3-2-2 overall, showed plenty of class and talent and earned $1.4 million. There is so much untapped potential. Even if her racing career is at an end, it’s been an enjoyable ride and she is sure to find plenty of work if Ciaglia Racing decides to hang up her horseshoes for good.
Let’s hope not.