Grade I Winner Salt Champ Retired

Salt Champ, an Argentine champion who won the Jan. 30 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) in her North American debut, has been retired from racing after suffering a slight strain in a tendon during a workout at Santa Anita.

Trained by Richard Mandella for Arturo Vargas of Argentina, Salt Champ defeated last year's Santa Monica winner, Island Fashion, by a length in the seven-furlong event. Foaled in 2000, Salt Champ (Salt Lake--Wandel, by Fitzcarraldo) retired with five wins, all in stakes, from eight starts and earnings of $217,541. Three of her wins came in Argentine group I events.

Breeding plans are incomplete.