Grade I Winner Harmony Lodge Retired

Harmony Lodge, one of the top sprint mares the last few seasons, has been retired from racing with 19 wins and placings from 24 starts. The 6-year-old daughter of Hennessy last raced for owners Eugene and Laura Melnyk in the Aug. 29 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga and finished third in a photo finish.

Harmony Lodge won the 2003 Ballerina as well as that year's Gallant Bloom (gr. II), First Lady (gr. III), and Shirley Jones (gr. III) Handicaps and the Sweet Briar Too Stakes. Her other stakes wins came in this year's First Lady and the 2001 Little Silver Stakes.

Harmony Lodge garnered a good deal of attention in her first start.
As a 2-year-old at Saratoga, she equaled the track record of 1:03.54 for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Bred by Sabine Stables, Harmony Lodge was bought by Eugene Melnyk for $1.65 million at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training sale from Eddie Woods, agent. Trained throughout her career by Todd Pletcher, Harmony Lodge retired with 10 wins and earnings of $851,120.

Harmony Lodge is a half-sister to stakes winners Graeme Hall and Win's Fair Lady. Millionaire Graeme Hall raced for the Melnyks and stands at their Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla. Harmony Lodge's dam, Win Crafty Lady (by Crafty Prospector), is a graded stakes winner.

Plans call for Harmony Lodge to be bred to A.P. Indy next year.