Vacare, winner of the 2006 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) and an earner of $1,123,706, has been scratched from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale because of the struggling economy and downturns at many recent Thoroughbred auctions, said the mare’s co-owner, Jon Kelly, Oct. 30. The 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan was scheduled to be offered during the Keeneland sale’s second session Nov. 3 as part of Helen Alexander’s Middlebrook Farm consignment.
“There are an awful lot of nice horses in the Fasig-Tipton (November select mixed) and Keeneland sales, and their owners and breeders aren’t going to get what they would like to get (for them),” Kelly said. “I’m reluctant to have her go through the sale and it turn out to be a waste of our time.”
Vacare finished fifth in the Oct. 24 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park in her most recent outing. Her other efforts have included victories in the Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) in 2006, the First Lady (gr. IIT) and Magna Distaff Stakes in 2007, and the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) this year.
Vacare possibly could compete for a full season as a 6-year-old, but it is more likely she will be retired from racing and bred in 2009, according to Kelly. If she is bred, she could race a few more times before being retired. Kelly said Vacare’s trainer, Christophe Clement, would make the decision about her future.
“She came out of the Breeders’ Cup perfectly,” Kelly said.
Kelly and his wife, Sarah, race Vacare in partnership with Don and Joan Cimpl and Jim and Joan Wiltz.
“I’m very ambivalent about this, but we’ll keep her (Vacare) and see how well she does in the breeding shed,” Kelly said. “She is gorgeous, and she should have nice babies.”