Lady Tak, a millionaire and multiple grade I winner, has been retired from racing with a record of 10 wins from 19 starts. The 5-year-old mare has arrived at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. Hill 'n' Dale bought a majority interest in Lady Tak from owners Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt this summer.
Lady Tak missed valuable training time while being aimed for a repeat win in the Aug. 28 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga because trainer Steve Asmussen's runners at Churchill Downs were placed under quarantine because of an outbreak of equine herpes. Lady Tak set a stakes record of 1:21.09 for seven furlongs in last year's Ballerina.
"We were trying to win a grade I stakes with her for the third consecutive year, but once we knew she couldn't make the Ballerina, we retired her," Bill Heiligbrodt said. "Corinne and I looked for soundness and speed in our horses, and Lady Tak was the fastest we're had and the soundest."
Lady Tak, whose sire, Mutakddim, stands at Hill 'n' Dale, won the 3-year-old Ballerina counterpart, the Test Stakes (gr. I) in stakes-record time, in 2003. Although her forte was sprinting, Lady Tak was able to capture the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) and run second in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Bred in Florida by the late John Franks, Lady Tak won or placed in a dozen stakes, nine of which were graded, and earned $1,160,782. Her seven stakes wins also included a score in the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. She finished third in her sole start this year.
Lady Tak was produced from the Lucky North mare Star of My Eye. Breeding plans are undecided.