Grade I Winner Noches De Rosa Retired

Noches De Rosa, a grade I turf winner for Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corporation, has been retired from racing to take up broodmare duties at Diamond A Farms near Versailles, Ky. The Chilean-bred daughter of Stagecraft out of the Noble Fighter mare Night Girl is booked to grade I winner and promising young sire Dixie Union, who raced for Ford in partnership.

Six-year-old Noches De Rosa, who retired healthy, according to farm manager Ted Carr, finished unplaced in her last three starts, including the Nov. 25 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.

A group I winner in Chile, Noches De Rosa won or placed in seven stakes for Diamond A and trainer Richard Mandella following her arrival in the U.S. in 2002. She won the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) in May and last year's Santa Ana (gr. IIT) and Reloy Handicaps. Noches De Rosa retired with seven wins from 27 starts and earnings of $546,073.