European Champion Superstar Leo Retired

English and French champion Superstar Leo, who made it a habit of beating males as a 2-year-old last year, has been retired from racing. Superstar Leo defeated 2-year-old males in winning the Polypipe Flying Childers (Eng-II) and Norfolk (Eng-III) Stakes and beat them in finishing second in the Independent Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I). She also finished second in the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Majestic Barriere (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds and up. In addition to earning a championship in England and France, she was honored with a Cartier Award as outstanding 2-year-old filly.

Superstar Leo initially raced for her breeders, Lester Piggott and Anthony Hirschfeld, in partnership with Piggott's daughter Maureen. Roy and Gretchen Jackson's U.S.-based Lael Stable bought her from the partnership following the Norfolk

Superstar Leo failed to win in five starts this year. She finished unplaced in the July 31 King George Stakes and was retired sound, according to a Lael representative.

Superstar Leo (College Chapel--Council Rock, by General Assembly) concluded her racing career with five wins and four seconds from 13 starts and earnings of $287,484. A decision has not yet been reached as to whether she will remain in Europe or be sent to the U.S.