Dona Bruja Retired, Will Be Bred To Empire Maker

by | 02.14.2019 | 12:27pm
Dona Bruja and Jose Ortiz cruise to the wire four lengths best in the Endeavour

Dona Bruja, an Argentine champion and multiple Grade 3 winner in the U.S., has been retired from racing and will visit Gainesway's Empire Maker for her first mating during the 2019 breeding season.

The announcement was made via the Twitter account of trainer Ignacio Correas's racing stable.

A 7-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado, Dona Bruja initially competed in her native Argentina, taking a quartet of group stakes races highlighted by the Group 1 Copa de Plata-Roberto Vasquez Mansilla-Internacional. She was named Argentina's champion older female for the 2016 racing season.

After conquering her domestic foes, Dona Bruja was sent to the North American barn of Correas, where she won a pair of Grade 3 races in her first two starts: the Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs and the Modesty Handicap at Arlington. The remainder of her racing career in North America included a victory in the G3 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and a pair of in-the-money efforts in Grade 1 races.

Dona Bruja retired with 11 wins in 19 starts for earnings of $639,068, racing for owner Dom Felipe LLC.

Though her sire shares her Argentine heritage, Dona Bruja is out of the Australian-bred Nureyev mare This Is Crazy, who raced in the U.S.

Empire Maker stands at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $85,000. The son of Unbridled is about to embark on his fourth season at Gainesway since being repatriated from Japan.

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