by Mike Welsch

MIAMI – South Florida-based fan favorite Gunnevera, runner-up in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic and earner of over $5.5 million in his career, has been retired trainer Antonio Sano confirmed earlier this week.

Sano said Gunnevera is currently on the farm in Ocala for “a rest” and that he hopes he’ll be able to begin his new career as a stallion early in 2021.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to put together a good deal to breed him, although there is nothing in place at the moment,” said Sano.

Gunnevera, a 6-year-old son of Dialed In owned by Salomon Del Valle, was plagued by foot issues throughout his career. He also suffered a fracture in his left hind leg while in training last summer. He returned to Sano’s barn at Gulfstream Park West this winter hoping to make it back for a 2020 campaign but his list of infirmities finally caught up with him again during the summer.