It was announced March 24 that 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner and 2007 champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches has been retired from racing and will head to Ashford Stud where she will be bred to champion sire Giant's Causeway.
Unbeaten Peppers Pride moved to within one victory of tying the modern-day record for most consecutive wins when she captured the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino March 23 for her 15th straight.
Strodes Creek, who placed in both the 1994 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), was euthanized after breaking a leg in a paddock accident in South Korea. The 17-year-old son of Halo had begun his stallion career at Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
Tackling two turns for the second time off a runner-up finish behind Sky Mom in the Feb. 17 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park, the Meadowlake filly demonstrated an ability to win at a longer distance after tracking the pace in the one-mile Bourbonette.
The Irish-bred Boule d'Or, despite getting weary, had just enough left to post a three-quarters of a length over Porfido and Warning Zone, who were separated by a nose for second and third after chasing Boule d'Or for most of the journey.
Costume, thanks to a little chicanery from jockey Garrett Gomez, gave trainer Bobby Frankel his eighth win in the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) with an all-out front-running head victory on the Santa Anita turf March 23.
The 4-year-old filly Costume, who was a little slow to adapt to American racing after finishing fourth in each of her first four U.S. starts, has had a change of heart of since Gomez began putting the daughter of Danehill on the lead. She won the Buena Vista in similar fashion, holding off the closer Black Mamba by a neck.
Costume began her career in England, where she won once in six starts for trainer John Gosden and finished fourth in the French One Thousand Guineas at Longchamp in May. After a fourth-place finish in her American bow, the Garden City Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park last September, she was transferred to Frankel. The victory was her third in 11 lifetime starts and elevated her earnings to $309,464 with the Santa Ana winning purse of $90,000.