'Devastated': BC winner Sharing retired after paddock injury

'Devastated': BC winner Sharing retired after paddock injury
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Sharing, the winner of the 2019 edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, has been retired from racing after suffering an injury in a paddock mishap during a spell in the wake of her 3 year-old season.

Aron Wellman president of owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, declined to disclose the nature of her injury. But he told HRN: "She's sound and healthy and breedable, for sure."

Bred by Sagamore Farm, the daughter of Speightstown, out of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Shared Account, was purchased as a yearling by Eclipse for $350,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Select Sale in Saratoga and campaigned by Eclipse and Gainesway Farm. She was trained by Graham Motion throughout her career.

At age 2, Sharing broke her maiden going 7 furlongs on the dirt at Saratoga and used a win in the Selima Stakes to propel her to Breeders' Cup glory. She was an Eclipse Award finalist and named Maryland-Bred Horse of the Year.

At age 3, Sharing opened her sophomore account by capturing the Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs. She then ventured to Royal Ascot, where she was a gallant second on taxing ground in the Group 1 Coronation. Upon return from her Transatlantic quest, Sharing was victorious in the Edgewood (G2) at Churchill Downs, a narrow fourth versus older fillies and mares in the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar and in her final start, she was third in the American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita, the site of her Breeders' Cup triumph a year prior.

In nine career races, Sharing won 5 times, placed second once and was third twice, amassing just shy of $1.1 million.

Wellman said in a news release: "Sharing was a special filly in every sense of the word. 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 2 year-old.

“Sharing battled through foot issues all throughout her 3 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," Wellman added. "We had designs on a blockbuster campaign this coming season. We're devastated we won't be able to enjoy her racing any more, but she is destined to produce special foals for many years to come. In less than 10 years, Eclipse has won 16 Grade 1s, but Sharing is unequivocally our best to date. She is as classy as they come."

Motion provided, "Sharing is a special filly who will go down as one of the best I trained. Breeders’ Cup wins don’t come to easily."

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