Schiaparelli, winner of the July 6 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park, has been retired. Jan VandeBos of Ran Jan Racing Inc. made the announcement via press release and said that the 5-year-old mare retired sound.
VandeBos and her husband, Robert Naify, bred Schiaparelli in Kentucky and campaigned her in their Ran Jan colors. A daughter of Ghostzapper, Schiaparelli is out of Cambiocorsa, whom Ran Jan raced in partnership with Leatherman Racing. Cambiocorsa dominated the downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park, winning eight of 10 starts, including four stakes, sprinting the about 6 1/2-furlong distance. Cambiocorsa is a full sister to 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag.
Trained by Mike Puype, Schiaparelli won two races down that same course. At Hollywood, she led wire to wire in the Royal Heroine, defeating Egg Drop by a half-length as the 11-10 favorite. It was Schiaparelli’s first graded victory, though earlier this year she finished second to Mizdirection in the Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita.
"As a safeguard, we performed a bone scan on her this week," said VandeBos. "There were some changes since her last scan that indicated it would be difficult for her to train at such a high level of intensity. We felt that it was in her best interest to stop at this point and provide a great aftercare program for her."
VandeBos said that Schiaparelli would reside at her Springtime Farm in Santa Ynez, Calif., until she leaves for Kentucky to take up life as a broodmare. A stallion had not yet been selected. VandeBos rehabilitates retired racehorses at Springtime Farm. Following the Royal Heroine, VandeBos said that two years ago she had rehabilitated Schiaparelli, who had suffered degenerative joint disease in both front fetlocks.
"She had the heart, stamina, and class of a true racemare," VandeBos said in her press release.
Schiaparelli takes into retirement a record of five victories in nine starts for earnings of $274,184.
VandeBos said that Vionnet, Schiaparelli¹s 4-year-old stakes-placed half sister by Street Sense, is back in training with Richard Mandella and is scheduled to run opening week at Del Mar. VandeBos also noted that Cambiocorsa¹s 2-year-old, a daughter of Tiznow named Alexis Tangier, is currently in training with Mandella as well.