At some point in the middle of August, Andrew Luck decided enough was enough. He was in pain yet again, and this time, the agony was not ceasing. He told Colts owner Jim Irsay and team officials he needed to retire from football in order to live the life he wants to live, a life without this kind of suffering.During the Colts’ Week 3 preseason game against the Bears, ESPN broke news of Luck’s retirement. The announcement came ahead of schedule; Luck had planned to explain his decision to the team after the Chicago game and address media the following day. Everything was accelerated once word of Luck’s retirement spread throughout Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck’s body simply would not allow it. He made roughly $97 million in seven years with the Colts, and the fact that he was scheduled to earn another $24 million over the next two years (plus more in a possible extension) further proves the difficulty of his decision.Below is Luck’s full press conference from late August, when he explained his retirement and fielded questions about the timing. In six seasons with the Colts, Luck compiled 23,671 passing yards, 171 passing touchdowns, 1,590 rushing yards and another 14 scores on the ground. That doesn’t include his numbers in the playoffs, where he led Indianapolis to four wins and, in 2014, a trip to the AFC championship game. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2018 NFL comeback player of the year.Luck’s football story, though, can’t be told without the injuries that ultimately led to his retirement in 2019.Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs» partially torn abdomen» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood» at least 1 concussion» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019After Luck’s retirement became public, the level of shock that permeated throughout the NFL was on the level of the shock many felt when the likes of Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and Calvin Johnson retired. He had two years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2016, and there was little reason to believe he wouldn’t play out that deal with Indianapolis while earning himself another extension.MORE: Jim Irsay talks possible Luck return MORE: Andrew Luck’s career by the numbersLuck, 29, retired after playing six NFL seasons in seven years. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, and he did that after playing the entire 2016 season through pain.As it turns out, that 2016 season planted the seed for Luck’s premature retirement. After that year, Luck told himself he would never put himself in another situation that would jeopardize his long-term health — a situation he found himself managing over the summer.Luck was dealing with a mysterious ankle injury — “a myriad of issues,” as he says — that was not improving. He was stuck in a cycle of injury, pain and rehab, and he figured retirement was the only way out of that cycle.Here is Luck’s full explanation of his retirement:”This is not an easy decision. Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”For the last four years or so I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab; injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in-season and offseason. I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away. I’ve been stuck in this process.”I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. And after 2016 when I played in pain and was unable to really practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again. I find myself in a similar situation. The only way forward for me is remove myself from football and this cycle that I’ve been in. I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I would choose me in this sense.”It’s very difficult. I love this team. I love my teammates, the folks in our building, the fans, the game of football. And as part of this team, and because of how I feel I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. Which would not only sell myself short, but the team in the end, as well.”And its sad. But I also have a lot of clarity in this. It’s been a difficult process.”
MASON CITY — One of the three suspects that were part of a home robbery in Mason City in late December has been sentenced to prison.The robbery happened late on the night of December 27th at a home in the 800 block of 8th Northeast, with an adult female resident saying three males forced their way into her home, with one suspect holding her down while the other two stole items from the home. Police say the victim was strangled by her attacker, lost consciousness and was also threatened that she would be stabbed.17-year-old Camden Nicholson of Moody Alabama and 17-year-old Joseph Jaskiel of Mason City were both charged with first-degree robbery, but both pleaded guilty in April to a charge of second-degree robbery.Nicholson was sentenced this week by District Judge DeDra Schroeder to a ten year prison sentence along with a suspended $1000 fine.Jaskiel’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 1st.The third suspect, a 15-year-old unnamed male, was charged in juvenile court and details about that case are not being made public.
2nd 2 17% $491,027 5 4 EIGHT RINGS HAS FINAL WORKOUT FOR BC JUVENILEWorking in company with Azul Coast, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings this morning had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race at a mile and one-sixteenth, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60.“I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said of Eight Rings, six-length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27. Evin Roman was aboard for the 7:45 a.m. drill.“He’s healthy and he looks good,” Baffert said of the $520,000 Empire Maker colt. “The track’s pretty deep today. It’s different, a lot deeper, than it was yesterday . . . overall, it was a very good work.“Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”Juvenile Fillies contender Bast, winner of the Grade I Chandelier, worked five furlongs in company with Hot Sean, for Baffert in 1:01.60 for Friday’s $2 million test at 1 1/16 miles. Hot Sean was given a four furlong time of 49 flat.Dirt Mile contender Improbable, meanwhile, went “five-eighths in 59 and one,” Baffert said of the son of City Zip, who had Rafael Bejarano in the irons. Santa Anita clockers had an official time of 59.20, fastest of 42 drills at the distance.Classic favorite McKinzie is scheduled to have his final major breeze tomorrow morning for the $6 million race on Saturday.IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Additional Breeders’ Cup works recorded this morning included those by Elate (Classic), three furlongs in 36.80 for Bill Mott; Awesome Again winner Mongolian Groom, five furlongs in 1:02 for Enebish Ganbat; and Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods (Distaff) five furlongs under Abel Cedillo in a minute flat for John Shirreffs, while on the training track, Mirth (Filly & Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato.Dan Blacker was pleased with Hit the Road’s four furlong work on the training track in 49.80 for the Juvenile Turf on Friday.“Everything went very well,” the trainer said. “He’s doing great. He’s as good as I can have him. I’m very pleased.”TRAINER HAS ‘GIANT EXPECTATIONS’ FOR START IN DIRT MILEGiant Expectations has nickeled and dimed his way into millionaire status.A rarity in the sense that he’s a New York-bred based at Santa Anita throughout his lengthy career with trainer Peter Eurton, the son of Frost Giant has a 4-5-4 record from 22 starts and earnings of $1,336,600.A chunk of that was gleaned through minor awards, but Eurton is hopeful the versatile chestnut, still a full horse at age six, can alter his modus operandi with a victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile on Saturday.“He loves to run second and third,” Eurton said. “He got beat a nose in New York at a mile (in a $200,000 stake restricted to state-breds on May 27) when he stepped on himself leaving the gate, then went five wide.“After that he got beat a head in the (Grade II) Pat O’Brien (at Del Mar Aug. 24). A mile should suit him and I’m not that concerned about how close the start is to the Club House turn.“For him it’s all about the break.” He’s got that right.A sample of some of his “trouble lines” from Daily Racing Form reads like a glossary of balked beginnings: “Hesitated, off slowly, off bit slow, stumbled, off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, awkward start and stumbled.”Seems if Giant Expectations didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.“Going a mile, if he breaks well, he can be there hanging out with anybody,” Eurton said. “Going seven-eighths, he tends to close.” Asked who rides the reluctant runner, Eurton said, “Ortiz.” Pressed on which brother, Jose or Irad Jr. , Eurton cagily replied, “Either one.” Pressed further, he put it to bed with “Jose.”LADY’S SECRET CEMENTED HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS 33 YEARS AGOAlthough she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1, 1986 at Santa Anita.And although some may downplay the significance of final time, her 2:01 1/5 was a tick faster than Skywalker’s 2:02 2/5 an hour and 15 minutes later in the $3 million Classic.Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Pat Day, Lady’s Secret, a grey daughter of Secretariat, out of Great Lady M., by Icecapade, was foaled in Oklahoma on April 8, 1982. Off as the 1-2 favorite along with stablemate Twilight Ridge, she won by 2 ½ lengths and paid $3.00 to win in what was her 15th and final start of the year.As was her custom, the diminutive Lady’s Secret, who broke from post position five, darted to the front heading into the Club House turn, with California-bred Fran’s Valentine and Bill Shoemaker in hot pursuit. Passing the half mile pole, Lady’s Secret had opened up a five length advantage and the Distaff was essentially over.“I was a really good passenger that day,” said Day by telephone from his home in Louisville. “I let her come away from there, took a long hold and let her do her thing. She always wanted to drift just a little bit and Wayne reminded me of that. He said if she wanted to drift out coming off the turn, ‘Go ahead and let her and come on home.’”With Horse of the Year very much on everyone’s mind, Day was scheduled to ride the Gary Jones-conditioned Turkoman, who would square off with another HOY candidate, Precisionist, two races later in the $3 million Classic. Turkoman would finish second and Precisionist third, behind Skywalker. And although he would be named Eclipse Award Champion Older Horse, Turkoman’s prospects for Horse of the Year were effectively tanked.“I knew they were both in the running, but I really wasn’t thinking along those lines,” said Day when asked if he was aware of the fact that both of his prized mounts were leading candidates for the same award. “I knew they both had had great years and I wanted to win both of those races and leave the results in the hands of those that had a vote.”A self-made mega millionaire who had parlayed his ability to sell cars in the post war era into becoming one of America’s most recognizable sportsmen, three-time Eclipse Award winner Eugene Klein, who also owned the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, redefined “high-profile connections” when teamed with Lukas and racing’s “Iron Lady” on the sport’s biggest stages.“It wasn’t one of those years where a particular horse had dominated,” said Lukas from Louisville, where he is recovering from back surgery. “So, it got down to what the Breeders’ Cup is supposed to do, crown a champion and make it so if you do crown one Horse of the Year, you don’t have to explain it to everybody.“Lady’s Secret was so typical of Gene himself. Very brassy. ‘To hell with ’em, let’s take ’em on. We’ll run anywhere, get ’em in the gate, let’s go.’ That’s the attitude, you know? And that’s how she was . . . She was bred in Oklahoma and she was so small, but so tough, so tough. Gene was an ideal owner, really. He knew how to win and he knew how to lose. He knew that you could draft the best players and not all of them were going to play in the NFL. He knew that you could give x-dollars for a yearling and it wasn’t always gonna be a Grade I Santa Anita Handicap winner.“He was just wonderful as far as dealing with him as a client. He didn’t want to know how fast they worked in the morning and ‘What’s the plan?’ He wanted to know, ‘What the hell’s the purse and where do we go? We’re gonna have some fun and let’s do this.’”Lukas, who has gone on to win 20 Breeders’ Cup races and five Eclipse Awards, was in the midst of a reign of dominance in which his late son Jeff was an integral part.“Jeff was a stellar horseman,” said Day. “Jeff and Wayne did a tremendous job overseeing Lady’s Secret every day and bringing her up to that race. If she got beat that day, it was gonna be because she got outrun. It wasn’t gonna be because she didn’t have enough gas in the tank.”With Easy Goer ranking as the best horse he ever rode, where does Lady’s Secret, who retired the following year with 25 wins (11 of them Grade I) from 45 starts and earnings of more than $3 million and, along with Day and Lukas, be enshrined in racing’s Hall of Fame, fit on Pat Day’s all-time list?“She’d have to be right up there, close to the top.”RESTRAINEDVENGENCE SHARP FOR LURE STAKESDespite drawing the outside post in a field of 10 going a mile on turf, Val Brinkerhoff is optimistic Restrainedvengence will dance the dance in Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes.“He’s training great,” the hard-working trainer said of the four-year-old gelding that was second by a head at 43-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5.“He’s ready to go,” said Brinkerhoff, who has had the son of Hold Me Back for all 17 of his races. “I bought him when he was a yearling at Keeneland for $67,000 and he’s more than paid his way, earning $265,860, and we’re going to make more.”The Lure, race eight of nine: River Boyne, Lanfranco Dettori; Declarationofpeace, Joel Rosario; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira; Double Touch, John Velazquez; Brown Storm, Javier Castellano; Ritzy A.P., Flavien Prat; Lil Milo, Tyler Baze; Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke; Andesh, Abel Cedillo; and Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia.EDUCATION A PRIORITY FOR TEAM GLATTTrainer Mark Glatt won three races Saturday to give him eight for the meet, moving him into a tie for third with Richard Baltas and Bob Baffert through 18 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet that concludes next Sunday, Nov. 3.The 43-year-old conditioner comes from a third-generational racing family, as his father, Ron, is a former trainer of note in the northwest, and Ryan, Mark’s 17-year-old son, is currently perpetuating the vocation by providing welcome assistance to his father.“He loves the horses and loves the game,” Mark said of Ryan, “but he’s still in school (Monrovia High). His future might be in racing, but his education comes first, so he has to get through school and college, then decide if he wants to be with the horses or not.“He needs to have some kind of a backup plan.”LIVE RACING RESUMES AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAYSanta Anita is dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing resumes 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There is simulcast racing Wednesday in the Paddock Room with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Post time for the first live race on Friday, Nov. 1, inaugural day of the Breeders’ Cup championships, will be 10:45 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8:30 a.m. Post time for the first live race on Saturday, Nov. 2, day two of the Breeders’ Cup, is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m.Early reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, Nov. 3. Turn your clock back one hour on Saturday night, Nov. 2.CARMA STAGES AFTERCARE AWARENESS EXPO BETWEEN RACES TODAYRepresentative of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will be participating in Aftercare Awareness Day today between races with two equine demonstrations on the main track.The first demo will feature barrel racing following race three and the second will feature jumpers following race five. Each demonstration will take five to six minutes. CARMA will also staff a tent in the East Paddock Gardens that will also include reps from aftercare charities.FINISH LINES: A racing rarity in California occurs in today’s third race when Bob Baffert sends out an Iowa-bred filly, Auburge. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, the bay daughter of Palace is the 2-1 second choice on Jon White‘s morning line . . . Parity for favorites is similar across the board through 18 racing days: winning favorites overall, 38.67 percent (58 out of 150); winning favorites on dirt, 39.08 percent (34 of 87); and winning favorites on turf, 38.10 percent (24 of 63) . . . Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs is expected to attract a full field, among them Almost a Factor, Been Studying Her, Bella Renella, Cholula Lips, Homehome, Smiling Three, Stradari, Warm Summer, Warren’s Showtime and Wicked Fresh. Win% Abel Cedillo102 $463,137 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 27th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Noses Out Songbird in the Epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBreeders Cup Memories: Arrogate Runs Down California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-26-19Bolo (Gaines) 10-26-19Selcourt (Sadler) 10-26-19Improbable (Baffert) 10-26-19Hit the Road (Blacker) 10-26-19Secret Spice (Baltas) 10-26-19Shancelot (Navarro) 10-25-19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19 49% Money Won 19% 1st ITM% 13 Jorge Velez84 45% 13 5 59% JockeyMts 6 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 26) 9 9 $564,467 45% 25% 11 EURTON SEEKS A ‘BIG ASS’ GOOD START IN DIRT MILE 19% 13 8 11 TrainerSts Mark Glatt37 28% GLATT WINS THREE TO CLIMB IN TRAINER STANDINGS ITM% 22% Win% 1st 3rd Money Won 7 17 Flavien Prat69 49% 35% 5 19 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $281,512 26% 3rd 43% $811,754 14 $297,284 10 17% Bob Baffert29 $688,673 8 Doug O’Neill66 3 CARMA STAGES ITS AFTERCARE AWARENESS TODAY Rafael Bejarano54 14 J.C. Diaz, Jr.52 10 29% 68% BAFFERT BREEZES EIGHT RINGS, BAST, IMPROBABLE $934,027 56% TRAINER HAS UNRESTRAINED HOPE FOR LURE STAKES 19 Richard Baltas46 5 DAY & LUKAS RECAL LADY’S SECRET 1986 DISTAFF WIN Drayden Van Dyke42 17% 8 Philip D’Amato43 57% 11 17 4 4 19% 44% 52% Peter Miller33 $470,001 John Sadler43 51% 10 6 10 $773,963 8 2nd 8 $1,103,672 $372,488 5 8 5 8 18% 14% $328,370