Breeders' Cup Winner Retired After Breaking Withers

Unrivaled Belle

Unrivaled Belle winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Unrivaled Belle, who broke her withers after flipping over backwards in the paddock while waiting to be saddled for the June 18 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., has been retired from racing. She exits with 13 top three finishes from 14 starts and earnings of $1,854,706 for breeder/owners Gary Seidler and Peter Vegso.

"I've had horses come back from that and race and even win a stakes," said trainer Bill Mott. "It's not an uncommon thing. But with her, the year would be practically over."

Five-year-old Unrivaled Belle captured the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic over subsequent champion 3-year-old filly Blind Luck. Last year she also won the La Troienne Stakes and the Rampart Stakes and ran second in the Ogden Phipps, the Beldame Stakes, and the Ruffian Invitational Handicap.

Unrivaled Belle will have several weeks of stall rest, and then will likely go to Vegso's farm near Ocala, Fla., said assistant trainer Leanna Williford.

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