"This was really going to be her year, after her surgery and with the Breeders' Cup being at home at Santa Anita," he added. "We had it all planned out. But it was a great ride and I still have her Eclipse Award as a reminder. She really was a great horse and I'm going to miss her tremendously."
Bred in Ireland by James Egan and David Hanley, Golden Apples (Pivotal -- Loon, by Kaldoun) won last year's Beverly D. (gr. IT) and Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) Stakes and the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT). She also was a grade I turf winner the previous year and was group II-placed in Ireland prior to arriving in the U.S. in 2001. She retires with six wins from 16 starts and earnings of $1,672,583.Cecil said he was unsure of Tanak's plans."She deserves a nice long, happy life as a broodmare and I'm happy she'll have that," the trainer said. "I'm not sure what (Tanaka) will do with her, maybe sell her in November or get her in foal and sell her after that."