Balance's racing career over
Balance, the winner of five stakes, including three at the Grade 1 level, has been retired after finishing sixth in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park, trainer David Hofmans said on Sunday.
Owned by John and Jerry Amerman, Balance, 4, finished her career with 6 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $1,048,491.
"She's done enough," Hofmans said. "She's been good to us."
Balance won stakes in each of three seasons, racing primarily in Southern California. At 2, she won the Sharp Cat Stakes and finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes. As a 3-year-old in 2006, she won two Grade 1 stakes - the Las Virgenes Stakes and Santa Anita Oaks.
Balance finished 11th in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks as the favorite, emerging from the race with an injury. She returned to racing last winter. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes and the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita.
Hofmans said that the Amermans have not decided on a mating for Balance, who is by Thunder Gulch.
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