Canadian Champion Gandria Retired

Gandria, champion 3-year-old filly in Canada in 1999, has been retired according to owner Jurgen Schemmer.

Gandria, whose last start was a third-place finish in the Ontario Matron Handicap at Woodbine on June 17, suffered a suspensory injury and had been sent to Schemmer's Arosa Farm earlier this month. A mate for the 2002 breeding season has not been made.

By Green Dancer out of the Vice Regent mare Regent's Paradise, Gandria was bred in Ontario by Don McClelland. She was a $60,000 sale yearling at the Canadian Breeders' Sales select auction. On the track, she won six of 23 starts and earned $694,004 for trainer Jim Cheadle.

Winner of the 1999 Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, it was in defeat where Gandria showed her heart. She finished second against colts in that year's Queen's Plate and also finished third in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Other stakes placings by the dark bay or brown mare came in the Maple Leaf Stakes, Canadian Handicap, Eclipse Handicap and Durham Cup Handicap. The latter two starts also came against males.