Grade II winner Be Gentle, has been retired.

Grade II winner Be Gentle, has been retired.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Grade II Winner Be Gentle Retired

Be Gentle, a multiple grade II winner, has been retired from racing because of a fracture to her right front ankle sustained while winning the Nov. 29 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Three-year-old Be Gentle (Tale of the Cat -- Gentlelilstar, by Risen Star) also won last year's Darley Alcibiades (gr. II) and Debutante (gr. III) Stakes and ran second in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). She retired with four wins from seven starts and earnings of $523,078.

Bred in Virginia by Nellie M. Cox and Rose Retreat Farm, owned by Cox and her husband, Bob, Be Gentle raced for Thomas VanMeter II. The latter, in partnership with Maurice Miller III, bought a half-interest in Be Gentle from Nellie Cox when the filly was a yearling. VanMeter bought out his partners' interest in Be Gentle in the first part of her 2-year-old season prior to her first start.

Possible mates for Be Gentle include A.P. Indy, Grand Slam, and Unbridled's Song.