Jack Garey's multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold has been retired and will be bred to Seeking the Gold this year, according to an announcement from Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where the mare was scheduled to be sent this weekend. Seeking the Gold stands at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
A daughter of Gold Legend, Heritage of Gold won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts and retires with earnings of $2,381,762. In 2000, Heritage of Gold won five consecutive stakes, culminated by a victory in the Go For Wand Stakes at Saratoga. In order, Heritage of Gold won the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup (gr. III), Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), and Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) before defeating Beautiful Pleasure in the Go For Wand. She was second to Beautiful Pleasure in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I), also at Saratoga, before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She finished second in the Eclipse balloting for champion older filly or mare of 2000.
In her 2001 debut, Heritage of Gold repeated in the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup, but was unplaced in the Apple Blossom on April 8.
"She's has some little aches and pains that would take some time to get over," said trainer Tom Amoss. "But she's 6-years-old, so it's best that we retire her sound and in time to get in foal this year."
Garey said there are no plans to sell the mare once she is in foal. "We'll not be selling her...how could we? She beat Beautiful Pleasure three times and Silverbulletday twice -- my goodness, the thrills she provided us. Besides, she's family," said Garey. "It would be hard to say which were the most exciting of her races, but I'll never forget her coming back to win after spotting champion Beautiful Pleasure a seven length lead in the Go for Wand, nor her going stride for stride with two-time champion Silverbulletday on the turn in the Fleur de Lis, and then pulling away to a four length win in stakes record time. I'm excited, now, about her new career. She's by a son of Seattle Slew who is out of champion Gold Beauty. Her third dam is Special Account -- a full sister to champion Numbered Account. For her first foal, we're breeding her to Seeking the Gold in large part because Surfside is by Seattle Slew and out of a Seeking the Gold mare. I'm hoping we have a filly."