Paradise Woods Retired; Ollie’s Candy, Serengeti Empress To Race In 2020

by | 11.03.2019 | 7:45pm
Breeders' Cup Distaff entrant Paradise Woods, trained by John A. Shirreffs, exercises in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 27, 2019. John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup/CSM

Two-time Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods has officially been retired from racing, according to The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags finished last of 11 in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, and trainer John Shirreffs indicated that she will be sent to Lane's End Farm to begin a broodmare career.

Paradise Woods retires with earnings of $1,123,890 and a record of 5-3-3 from 18 career starts.

Meanwhile, Distaff fourth-place finisher Ollie's Candy has been withdrawn from the Keeneland November sale and will race in 2020, according to a Twitter post from John Sadler. The 5-year-old Candy Ride mare won the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar earlier this year, and will be aimed at a repeat appearance in the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2020.

Distaff winner Blue Prize has made her final career start, while connections announced before the race that runner-up Midnight Bisou would race on next year.

Third-place finisher Serengeti Empress, winner of the Kentucky Oaks earlier this year, is getting a break but will return to the races in 2020, trainer Tom Amoss posted on Twitter.


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