Sweet Catomine, Ouija Board, Ashado Expected Back in 2005

Three Members of the female set who won races on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Lone Star Park Saturday.

Martin and Pam Wygod's homebred Sweet Catomine, winner of the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will not race again this year and will be prepared for a 2005 campaign.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Pam Wygod said.

A daughter of Storm Cat, Sweet Catomine has won three graded stakes in a row since finishing second in her career debut. Trainer by Julio Canani, Sweet Catomine broke her maiden in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) before winning the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) and Juvenile Fillies.

Meanwhile, Lord Derby said Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Ouija Board would also remain in training next year. Ouiha Board has won five of eight career starts.

"We think she's a world champion," said Edward Richard William Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby and a descendant of the family for which the English and Kentucky races were named.

"She will have a well deserved rest," he said of the filly who is his only horse in training at present.

A 3-year-old daughter of Cape Cross, Ouija Board will be pointed toward the top major group I races against males in Europe, with the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park the ultimate goal.

Trainer Todd Pletcher left for New York on Sunday morning, the day after he won the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I) with Ashado and the Sprint (gr. I) with Speightstown, giving him his first Breeders' Cup victories.

Assistant trainer Juan Aguayo said that Ashado would ship to Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida Tuesday.

Meanwhile, stablemate Speightstown will ship to WinStar Farm in Kentucky on Monday, where he will begin his stud career. Speightstown, a 6-year-old Gone West horse owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, retires with a record of 10-2-2 from 16 starts and earnings of $1,288,256.

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