Grade I Winner Wild Spirit Retired

Wild Spirit, a Horse of the Year in Chile and a U.S. grade I winner, has been retired from racing. The 5-year-old daughter of Hussonet has arrived at Fred Seitz' Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky. Plans call for her to be bred to Central Kentucky stallion A.P. Indy.

Wild Spirit, who also was champion 3-year-old filly in her native Chile, won the Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park in her first U.S. start, then beat Take Charge Lady by six lengths in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II). After finishing a nose behind the winner in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, Wild Spirit captured the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont in what was her last outing of the year.

In her lone start this year, Wild Spirit placed behind winner Azeri in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park in April.

Bred by Haras Sumaya, Wild Spirit was produced from the Wild Again mare Wild Princess and raced in the U.S. for Oussama Aboughazale's Sumaya Us Stables under the care of trainer Bobby Frankel. She retired with nine wins from 15 starts and earnings of $984,690.