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Fast Boat Cruises into Off-Track Retirement

The 6-year-old City Zip gelding is enjoying some downtime at Four Ponds Farm.

Fast Boat wins the Troy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

Fast Boat wins the Troy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand

Graded stakes winner Fast Boat, 11th in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) at Del Mar, has been retired from racing and will be re-trained for a second career as an off-track Thoroughbred by ex-jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Napravnik is married to Fast Boat's racetrack trainer, Joe Sharp, who claimed the gelding for $40,000 for owner Brad Grady at Belmont Park in October 2018. Fast Boat then climbed the ranks, this year winning the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes presented by Sysco (G2T) at Churchill Downs and the Troy Stakes presented by Horse Racing Ireland (G3T) at Saratoga Race Course. He retires with a record of 10 wins from 28 starts and earnings of $706,349.

"We wanted to stop on him so he could have a good, healthy second career," Sharp said. 

A 6-year-old by City Zip, Fast Boat is currently enjoying some downtime with other horses at the couple's Four Ponds Farm in Simpsonville, Ky. He is among eight off-track Thoroughbreds with Napravnik from the 27 horses they have at the farm. Others are lay-ups and other types.

Napravnik tweeted videos of Fast Boat Nov. 30 and noted the Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park as a possible goal for the gelding next year. Grady still owns Fast Boat.

"He's definitely a horse I think can go on and do many different things," Napravnik said.