Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella has officially been retired, according to the farm's Twitter account. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit suffered a sesamoid fracture during a workout on Saturday morning at Del Mar.
“The doctors have confirmed that once she is stabilized, she will be taken to our farm to continue her recovery,” the Tweet said (translated from Spanish).
The champion female sprinter of 2017, Unique Bella counts wins in three Grade 1 races on her resume: the La Brea, Beholder Mile, and Clement Hirsch. She retires with a record of nine wins and two seconds from 12 starts, and earnings of $1,272,400.
A statement from Don Alberto owner Carlos Heller was posted at bloodhorse.com:
“Unique Bella has a very special place in our hearts and has brought so much joy to myself, my mother Liliana and the whole Don Alberto family… I want to congratulate Jerry Hollendorfer and (jockey) Mike Smith, who together guided her to a stellar campaign, culminating in becoming an Eclipse champion (for female sprinter). I think it's a remarkable achievement to have won (grade 1 races) over (seven furlongs), a mile, and a mile and sixteenth. We look forward to having her at our farm in Lexington, where she will enjoy her new career as a broodmare.”
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