Nobiz Like Showbiz Retires

The announcement that Nobiz Like Showbiz was going into retirement was a sad moment for everyone who has been involved in his horse racing career. Not only is he a magnificent racehorse, but his gentle personality makes him a joy to work with. While staying at Indian Creek Farm in Kentucky, owner and breeder Elizabeth Valando will decide on his future as possible stud horse. Nobiz Like Showbiz will be sorely missed by fans and the racing community.

Born on 29 January 2004, Nobiz Like Showbiz started his life as a somewhat awkward colt. Coming from the respective bloodlines of his sire, Albert the Great (son of Go for Gin), and his dam, Nightstorm (sired by Storm Cat), he was born to race and to achieve. His name was chosen by his owner, who is also a show business owner, and her late husband was a successful producer on the Broadway Theatre scene.

His racing career started late into 2006, which he kicked off in spectacular fashion by winning his debut race at Belmont Park. Finishing second against Scat Daddy in the Champagne Stakes in his second career start, Nobiz Like Showbiz showed his potential as a horse racing champion. His third start, and the last race for 2006, was the US Remsen Stakes, which he won comfortably against experienced contenders. But 2007 was to prove to be his most successful and busiest racing season. Nobiz Like Showbiz went on to win major horse racing events such as the 2007 Wood Memorial Stakes, the 2007 Holy Bull Stakes, 2007 Kent Breeders’ Cup Stakes, the 2007 Jamaica Handicap and the 2007 U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Stakes.

Earlier in 2008 a suspensory issue was detected by a veterinarian. After consulting a second opinion, it was decided to rest Nobiz Like Showbiz for approximately a month. With the main goal of the team being to see Nobiz Like Showbiz in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and trainer Barclay Tagg not being positive about having him ready in time after such a long resting period, all plans were put on hold. Barclay feared that keeping him on the track might cause him to have a future racing career plagued with injuries, and together the decision of retirement was made in the best interest of Nobiz Like Showbiz.

In his time on the track, Nobiz Like Showbiz ended with career earnings of over $1.5 million by winning seven of his thirteen career starts. Best wishes have been extended to Valando and it is hoped that Nobiz Like Showbiz will excel in whatever challenges he takes on in the future.

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