Bella Chiarra, a multiple stakes winner for Jack Mandato, was retired from racing due to a broken splint bone she is believed to have sustained when running ninth in the Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf Handicap on Sept. 23 at Kentucky Downs.
"We examined her pretty good, even though she had never trained sore," said trainer Patrick Byrne. "An X-ray revealed the broken splint bone. So, because of that and the time of the year, we elected to just retire her to stud rather than take the splint bone out and try her again."
Bella Chiarra's only graded stakes win came in the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) earlier this year at Gulfstream Park. She has also won two other listed stakes. Bella Chiarra finished second in both the Pimlico Distaff (gr. III) and Wilshire (gr. IIIT) Handicaps and third in Heritage of Gold's Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Bella Chiarra (Phone Trick--Bannockburn, by Count Brook) was shipped from Churchill Downs Friday morning to her new home at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm. Bella Chiarra'a dam is among the broodmares at the Paris, Ky., farm. Bella Chiarra retires with nine wins from 29 starts and career earnings of $636,088.
"I was disappointed not to get her on the grass at her best because she beat Snow Polina in her win earlier this year," he said. "I always felt she could have been better on grass. But she was a very honest filly and gave you 110 percent."