Grade I Winner Spoken Fur Retired
Date Posted: 12/4/2003 5:03:31 PM
Last Updated: 12/7/2003 6:40:17 PM

Spoken Fur, winning the Mother Goose.
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Spoken Fur, who developed into one of the year's top 3-year-old fillies for Amerman Racing Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel, has been retired from racing due to a tendon tear. Breeding plans have not been decided.

Spoken Fur's transformation from mile allowance winner to grade I winner didn't take long and took place after John Amerman privately purchased the daughter of Notebook from Dr. Wilber Johnston, William Ryan, and George Smith in mid-year and transferred her to Frankel. Spoken Fur won the 1 1/8-mile Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in her first added-money try, then captured the 1 1/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont. Favored to win the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga and sweep New York's Triple Tiara, she instead ran third.

Spoken Fur (Notebook -- Siberian Fur, by Siberian Express) started twice more. She ran third in the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) and unplaced in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) in her lone grass start. Bred by Johnston and Smith, she retired with five wins and five placings from a dozen starts and earnings of $675,880.

"It's a tough injury, and why waste the year waiting for her to come back," Frankel said. "She's a multiple grade I winner, and will be valuable for the Amermans."

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