Multiple grade 1 winner Lady Eli has been retired from racing and will be bred to War Front in 2018, owners Sol Kumin and Jay Hanley announced Tuesday.
The 6-year-old mare by Divine Park x Sacre Coeur (by Saint Ballado), won 10 times from 14 lifetime starts, finishing second in three additional races. She earned $2,959,800 during her racing career.
“We have been wrestling with the very difficult decision of whether to race or retire Lady Eli since we scratched her from the Keeneland November sale days after she was injured in the Filly & Mare Turf,” Kumin and Hanley said in a joint statement.
“As her stewards we— with Chad's guidance at every turn—have tried to shepherd Lady Eli through her racing career with the utmost respect, compassion, and love for her as a living being first, and secondarily as a racehorse. It is in this spirit that we have ultimately chosen to retire Lady Eli from racing and allow her to gracefully—and safely—begin her career as a broodmare.”
“We can't begin to put into words how deeply she has affected us, our families, and our friends,” the statement continued. “We are all eternally grateful to her for granting us such intimate access to her journey. Similarly, there is no way that we can properly express in this forum our debt of gratitude to Chad, his staff, and all of Lady Eli's caretakers through the years. Lastly, we would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the legions of Lady Eli supporters and admirers from around the globe.”
“Now that she is retired from racing, our plan is breed Lady Eli to War Front and have her remain in the very capable hands of John Sikura and his team until the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.”
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