Turf Champion Channel Maker Retired

MGISW and 2020’s Eclipse Champion Turf Male Channel Maker (English Channel) has been retired from racing, his connections said Saturday.

The announcement came one day after the 9-year-old gelding finished next to last in the GIII Sycamore at Keeneland.

“It’s time,” part-owner Adam Wachtel said.

Channel Maker ran a record six times in the Breeders’ Cup.

“I’ve never had a horse that’s run at the highest level against the toughest competition from 2 through 9,” Wachtel said. “I love what Bill had to say about him after the Bowling Green; he said he’s the happiest horse in the barn.”

Channel Maker ended his career with a record of 10-6-5 from 56 starts and career earnings of $3,915,983.

Wachtel said it is hoped that Channel Maker will take up residence at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions in Lexington.

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