Top Sprint Filly Swept Away is Retired

Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Swept Away, a winner of nine of 16 starts for earnings of $550,500, was retired June 26 because of an injury to her left front sesamoid. In her last race, the grade II Genuine Risk Handicap at Belmont Park May 12, Swept Away finished an uncharacteristic eighth.

Swept Away (Mystery Storm -- Queen Ambra, by Alhambra), trained by Bernie Flint, began her career as a 2-year-old in late 1999, and went on to win seven stakes, including the grade III Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course and the grade III Safely Kept at Laurel Park. In 2000,she finished second to Sahara Gold in the grade II Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland.

Richard Klein said her victory in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 4 of this year was the family's favorite, because the race was named for the top sprinter who was euthanized earlier in the year. The Kleins owned, and Flint trained, Hurricane Bertie.

"We could bring her back," Klein said, "but she's worth too much as a broodmare. She's under the care of Amy LoPresti (near Lexington), and will get as much time as needed to heal. We really haven't talked about stallions, but she'll be bred next year to a high-quality sire."

In her 16 career starts, Swept Away, a sprinter, started at nine different racetracks. In addition to her nine victories, she had four seconds and one third. She failed to pick up a check only once.