Grade I Winner Happy Ticket Retired

Grade I Winner Happy Ticket Retired
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Happy Ticket calls it a day.
Happy Ticket, who started her racing career with nine consecutive wins, has been retired from racing and will be sent to the Greathouse brothers' Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky.

Breeding plans are undecided for the 5-year-old daughter of Anet.

A homebred for Stewart Madison and one of the greatest Louisiana-breds of all time, Happy Ticket won seven stakes during that initial streak, including the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.

After a runner-up effort to Madcap Escapade in the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course, Happy Ticket quickly returned to her winning ways with a victory in Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

She then ran second to subsequent champion Ashado in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Happy Ticket opened the 2006 season with a stakes win in Louisiana, then took to the road again, winning or placing in five of six races, all graded events.

She won the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs and was beaten a neck in both the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) and Azeri Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) in two runner-up efforts at Oaklawn Park.

In what was her last start, she finished third in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), but was moved up to second because of a disqualification.

Happy Ticket retired with a dozen wins and six seconds from 20 starts and earnings of $1,688,838 for trainer Andrew Leggio Jr.

She is a half-sister to stakes winner Clever Seven and is out of the winning Septieme Ciel mare Love and Happiness.

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