Amazing Philly's Racing Career Comes to End

Amazing Philly, born in a stall at Philadelphia Park four years ago to the 3-year-old filly Speak Compelling but whose sire was never determined, has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon injury on April 15.

"She became cast in her stall and tore the tendon in her left front leg," said Lynda Gallagher, who owns Amazing Philly with her husband, William. "The veterinarian said it was a 20% tear, and we decided that her future career would be best as a riding horse. She's just a baby doll."

On the morning of January 30, 2000, workers for trainer Don Reeder found the tiny Amazing Philly standing next to her dam, who had just raced days before. Reeder did not know Speak Compelling was in foal; she gave birth wearing a blanket with straps that went under her belly. The Gallaghers tried to find out who the foal's sire was, but weren't successful. The Jockey Club eventually issued a special racing permit so that Amazing Philly could race, but she couldn't be used for breeding purposes.

After many physical setbacks, including a suspensory injury to the same leg she hurt on April 15, Amazing Philly finally made her first start at Philadelphia Park earlier this year, finishing third. She made two more starts, but was unplaced. She earned $2,110.