By Jon Lees
USA: Sharing, the star US filly who followed a victory at the Breeders’ Cup to finish second at Royal Ascot last year, has been retired.
The four-year-old suffered an injury in a paddock accident that put paid to what connections had hoped would have been a “blockbuster” 2021 campaign.
“We had designs on a blockbuster campaign this coming season,” said Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. “We’re devastated we won’t be able to enjoy her racing anymore, but she is destined to produce special foals for many years to come.”
Sharing, who cost $350,000 as a yearling, was put into training with Graham Motion, who produced her to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf in 2019.
Despite the problems presented by the coronavirus pandemic, she travelled to Royal Ascot last year when she finished a game second in the G1 Coronation Stakes.
She won the G2 Edgewood at Churchill Downs on her return, but missed the 2020 Breeders’ Cup meeting and finished her career with a record of five wins from nine starts and prize-money of $1.1 million.
Motion said: “Sharing is a special filly who will go down as one of the best I trained. Breeders’ Cup wins don’t come too easily.”
Wellman said that of Eclipse’s 16 G1 winners over the past ten years, Sharing was “unequivocally our best to date”.
“Sharing was a special filly in every sense of the word,” he said. “She was bred to be special, being by a Breeders’ Cup winner and out of a Breeders’ Cup winner. Even her dam’s sire was a Breeders’ Cup winner.
“She was special when we bought her as a yearling and she trained like she was special from the moment she had a saddle put on her at Stonestreet Farm. When Graham got her, she exhibited special ability and she proved it with a championship win as a two-year-old.
“Sharing battled through foot issues all throughout her three-year-old season, but still managed to win major races, travel the country and represent our partnership at Royal Ascot with a brilliant second in a Group 1.”