THE decorated racing career of Jesaulenko has come to an end at start 100 with a gallant second at Sale on Sunday.
The son of College Causeway and Elite Fairy went out in style to complete a career full of notable achievements, including 45 wins, 33 placings and over $411,105 in prizemoney.
At his 61st start, the black chaser broke through to claim his first Group win, taking out last year’s Traralgon Cup. He also ran second to Ando’s Mac in the 2016 Melbourne Cup after looking the winner in the concluding stages.
Trainer Terri Morris said the decision to retire her star was an easy one.
“I thought he’d done enough for us to be honest. He absolutely loves racing and I was really keen to make sure he went out on a high note. He came off the track on Sunday very happy so it was an easy decision at the end. He finished with 100 race starts and 50 drug tests so everything was rounded off nicely,” laughed Morris, who said Jesaulenko exceeded all expectations despite showing talent early on.
“We always knew he was good but we never dreamt he’d end up as good as he was. He seemed to keep improving as he went along, but we never got ahead of ourselves because it often is just one race at a time with greyhounds so we are very proud with the way he handled himself during his career,” added Morris, who mentioned the races among the century-long career that stood out.
“Two races especially come to mind. The first was when he won the Melbourne Cup Sprint at Sandown on Melbourne Cup night which was pretty special. He was up against some of the best dogs in the land and he beat them after running a great race. The other was when he took out the Traralgon Cup. To have all the locals on track cheering the dog home was something that I had dreamt about but never thought would happen.”
Jesaulenko – like so many other stars before him – will now pass on his genes to a new generation of greyhounds, including some that are already on the ground.
“There’s already a litter of pups that have been sired by him out of proven producer Zoenah’s Entity. We’ve had quite a few enquiries about the dog at stud but he will get a bit of rest now and then we will start drawing semen out of him.
“I haven’t decided whether I will stand him at stud myself as yet. We’ll just let things settle for a bit and then make a decision.”