Jockey Jerry Bailey lost a good friend to retirement a year ago and said goodbye to another on Saturday.
Unlike Cigar, who was beaten in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic in his final start, Geri went out on top under Bailey, winning the $300,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park.
"Last year, I lost Cigar, and Geri this year and I don't know what I'm going to have to look forward too next year," said Bailey after the 9-10 favorite beat 29-1 shot Mufattish by nearly two lengths in 1:48 1/5 for the 1 1/8 miles on turf. "I hate to see [Geri] go."
Owned by Allen Paulson and trained by Bill Mott, the five-year-old Theatrical horse retires with nine wins in 19 starts and earnings of $1,707,980.