Spend a Buck, the rags-to-riches colt who won the Kentucky Derby and $4.2 million, has been retired and will go to stud in Kentucky, co-owners Dennis and Linda Diaz announced Saturday.
Spend A Buck injured an ankle Thursday while working out for a planned start in today's Pennsylvania Derby. He remains a leading candidate for 3-year-old colt champion in 1985, along with Chief's Crown.
Spend a Buck, who was acquired for just $12,000, retired as the second-leading all-time money-winner. John Henry, who retired this summer at the age of 10, is No. 1.
Spend a Buck ran just 15 races in his two-year career, winning 10, finishing second three times and third twice. He won racing's single-largest payday, $2.6 million, with a neck victory in the Jersey Derby May 27.