Grade/group I winner Musical Chimes, who ran a troubled fifth in the March 5 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IT), has been retired from racing to become a broodmare at owner Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm near Versailles, Ky. Bred by Gainsborough, Musical Chimes was scheduled to be retired after the Kilroe Mile.
A Kentucky-bred 5-year-old daughter of In Excess
, Musical Chimes began her racing career in France, where she won the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) and ran third in the Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I). Following her return to the United States, she captured the 2004 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) and Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) and was second in the previous year's Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) and Matriarch (gr. IT) Stakes. Trained in this country by Neil Drysdale, she retired with four wins from 20 starts and earnings of $965,489.
Musical Chimes is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Note Musicale, who is a half-sister to three stakes winners. Second dam is co-champion It's in the Air. Breeding plans for Musical Chimes have not been completed.