Popular New York-Bred Begins New Career

Biogio's Rose, one of the most popular New York-breds to race in recent years, has been retired by Alfred and Joseph Nastasi, her owners and breeders. She will be bred to Lemon Drop Kid in a foal-share agreement with Lane's End Farm owner Will Farish.

Biogio's Rose won 16 of 52 career starts for earnings of $797,959. She won six stakes, all of them in New York, including the Next Move Handicap (gr. III) and Rare Treat Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct in 2000.

Biogio's Rose made her last start Feb. 19 in the Rare Treat. She finished second to Pompeii.

"She has done everything for us," Alfred Nastasi said. "She had a great career, and wanted to retire her sound. We received offers for her, but when she's named after your father, you've got to keep her."

The brothers' father was named Biogio, and their mother Rose.

Alfred Nastasi said Biogio's Rose, now 7, would be sent to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, where she will be boarded.