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Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria retired

Stopchargingmaria with Javier Castellano up out ran Stellar Wind and Victor Espinoza to win the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at the 2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Race Course Friday October 30, 2015.
Stopchargingmaria with Javier Castellano up out ran Stellar Wind and Victor Espinoza to win the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at the 2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Race Course Friday October 30, 2015. rgarrison@herald-leader.com

Stopchargingmaria, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, has been retired from racing, Town and Country Racing president Shannon Potter announced on Wednesday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher throughout her 18-race career, Stopchargingmaria won graded stakes at ages 2, 3, and 4 including Grade I wins in the 2014 Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes. Originally campaigned by owner Mike Repole, the daughter of Tale of the Cat was purchased privately by Town and Country Racing after she failed to meet her reserve despite bringing a final bid of $3,150,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

“Stopchargingmaria is not only one of the best fillies we have had in our barn, she has become part of the family. We are sending her home sound and happy,” Pletcher said in a news release. “After a Breeders’ Cup (win), three Grade I wins and over $3 million in earnings, she deserves a great retirement.”

While carrying the Town and Country silks last season, Stopchargingmaria won three of five starts, none more impressive than her neck victory over eventual 3-year-old filly champion Stellar Wind in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland.

Stopchargingmaria opened her 2016 campaign with a game runner-up finish in the Grade I Madison Stakes going 7 furlongs at Keeneland this April and was most recently sixth in the Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11.

“While we were hoping Stopchargingmaria would be able to defend her Breeders’ Cup title, she is giving us signs that she is ready to start the next phase of her life,” said Town and Country Racing, LLC’s CEO Kiki Courtelis. “She has given us so much joy, it is our turn to give back to her by honoring her wishes. We are thrilled to have her home sound.”

Bred by Harvey Clarke and Brookdale Farm LLC, Stopchargingmaria retires with nine wins from 18 career starts and $3,014,000 in earnings. Breeding plans for 2017 have not yet been announced.

Alicia Wincze Hughes: 859-231-1676, @horseracinghl

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