Grade I Winner I'm Sweets Euthanized

I'm Sweets, a graded stakes winner all three years she raced, was euthanized Feb. 25 at age 19 at Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, Pa., because of the infirmities of old age. Her last foal, a Dixieland Band yearling filly named I'm Sweeter, will be retained by Moran for racing purposes.

Moran bought an interest in I'm Sweets from Russell Reineman after the mare's first two starts and was sole owner of the daughter of Alydar when she was a broodmare. Bred by Nuckols Brothers and produced from the Full Pocket mare Too Many Sweets, I'm Sweets won seven stakes, including the Demoiselle (gr. I) and Gardenia (gr. II) Stakes as 2-year-old; the Honey Bee Handicap (gr. III) at three; and the Ballerina Stakes (gr. II) at four. She was retired with eight wins from 32 starts, 10 stakes-placings, and earnings $781,973.

I'm Sweets produced her first foal, a Danzig filly, in 1989. Named Sugar Nipper, she was twice stakes-placed. Eight years later, I'm Sweets achieved a bit of fame at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale when a full sister to Sugar Nipper sold for $950,000, the most paid for a filly at that year's sale. Named Sugar Plum Fairy, she captured one of four starts. Overall, I'm Sweets produced only five registered foals.