Champion Surfside Retired; Might be Going to Unbridled

Champion Surfside Retired; Might be Going to Unbridled
Breeding plans have not been finalized for champion Surfside, who has been retired from racing.
William T. Young's homebred Surfside, who was champion 3-year-old filly in 2000 and a finalist for best 2-year-old filly the previous year, has been retired from racing. The daughter of Seattle Slew arrived at Overbrook near Lexington earlier in the week. "She's 100% sound, and was retired so she could be bred," said farm official Ric Waldman, who mentioned Unbridled as a possible mate.

Surfside started her championship season with consecutive wins in the Santa Ysabel (gr. III) and Las Virgenes (gr. I) Stakes and the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) before taking on males in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). She led for the first part of the race, but weakened and finished fifth. After the race, bone chips were discovered in an ankle. She underwent surgery and recuperated at Overbrook.

Surfside, who was produced from champion Flanders (by Seeking the Gold), returned to the racing wars in the fall. She ran second in the Raven Run Stakes and Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), then beat males in winning the Clark Handicap (gr. II) in her last start of the year. She started twice this year, finishing third in the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) and fifth in the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I).

As a 2-year-old, Surfside scored grade I wins in the Frizette and Hollywood Starlet Stakes and ran third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). She was retired with eight wins from 15 starts and earnings of $1,852,987.

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