Vacare, a grade I winner who raced exclusively on turf, will not contest the Jan. 4 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita and instead has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old daughter of Lear Fan will be sent to England and bred to Pivotal.
Vacare won the Dec. 21 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park for a partnership that included Helen Alexander, Don Cimpl, Jon Kelly, and Jim Wiltz in what was her final start. She retired with eight wins from 14 races and earnings of $1,213,706.
Kelly bought Vacare for $2.8 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale from Chesapeake Farm, agent. The purchase came shortly after Vacare won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland for her previous owner, Lothenbach Stables. Vacare, who was bred in Kentucky by Lothenbach, was unbeaten in four races at the time.
During her career, Vacare also captured the 2008 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT); the 2007 First Lady (gr. II) and Magna Distaff Stakes; and the 2006 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT). She placed in three stakes, including the Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) and Gamely (gr. IT) Stakes. She ran fifth in the 2008 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) while beaten two lengths. She was trained by Chris Block and then by Christophe Clement.
Vacace first was offered for sale at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale by Chesapeake Farm, agent, but failed to reach her reserve and was bought back for $27,000. She was consigned to the 2008 Keeneland November breedings stock sale, but was withdrawn.
Vacare is out of the winning Valid Appeal mare Appealing Storm and is from the female family of champion filly Serena’s Song.