Little Red Feather Racing's grade I-winning mare Egg Drop will be retired from racing due to a small tear to her left front superficial digital flexor tendon. The injury was discovered after a routine exam following exercise and subsequent scan.
"Although she's never taken an unsound step and the prognosis is for a full recovery, we thought it best to retire her and give her a great life on a farm," said Billy Koch, managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing, in a release. "She's taken our partners on such an amazing ride and given us so many thrills. We will breed and sell her in foal this November. We are very much looking forward to following the next chapter in her promising career as a broodmare."
The 5-year-old daughter of Alphabet Soup —Rehocracy, by Adhocracy, who had been training forwardly toward a start in the April 12 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. lT) at Keeneland, will travel to Kentucky April 9. Stallion plans are pending and will be announced in the near future.
Winner of the 2013 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park, the Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, and the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar, Egg Drop made her last start in the Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Feb. 17 where she finished second. She retires from racing with six wins, three seconds, and two thirds from 13 starts, for earnings of $534,020.
"When bloodstock agent Tom McCrocklin called to say she was on her way to us, he said, 'I am sending you a freak'," noted trainer Mike Mitchell. "Everything he said was right. She was a star and a dream to train. She won on synthetic, turf, and dirt and at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Everyone from the groom to the hot walker to the exercise rider loved her. She is very correct and should throw some nice babies."
Egg Drop, a $12,000 purchase at the 2010 Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s 2010 open yearling sale, was bred in Florida by Centaur Racing.