Grade I Winner Sense of Style Retired

Sense of Style, a grade I winner as a 2-year-old last year, has been retired from racing following a last-place finish in the Aug. 6 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

The 3-year-old Thunder Gulch filly will become a broodmare at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

"She's a lovely filly who is retiring in good health," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "It just looks like she has had enough of racing."

Bred in Kentucky by Twelve Oaks Stud, Sense of Style won three of eight races for Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor. The latter is an associate of Ashford's parent company, Irish-based Coolmore Stud, as is Demi O'Byrne, who bought Sense of Style for $800,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale from Eaton Sales, agent.

Sense of Style captured last year's Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) by 6 3/4 lengths at Saratoga, then won the Matron Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Her chance for an Eclipse Award ended with an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

In her two other starts this year, Sense of Style placed in the Prioress (gr. I) and Revidere Stakes. She retired with three wins from eight starts and earnings of $407,250.

Sense of Style, who is out of the stakes-placed Kings Lake mare Save Me the Waltz, is a half-sister to French classic winner Valentine Waltz. Another half-sister is the dam of Australian group winner Britt's Best.

Breeding plans for Sense of Style have not been determined.

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