01/04/2013 1:15PM

Canadian champion Tu Endie Wei dies

Michael Burns
Canadian champion Tu Endie Wei died Dec. 24 in Kentucky.

Canadian champion filly Tu Endie Wei died on Dec. 24 in Kentucky while undergoing an operation for fibrous adhesions. The Johar filly had been retired to owner Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., in November.

The filly, who raced as a homebred for Jones and was trained by Reade Baker, won at first asking and captured the Ontario Debutante Stakes and Glorious Song Stakes, all at Woodbine, in 2011. The campaign earned her the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old filly.

Last year as a 3-year-old, Tu Endie Wei won the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes and the Star Shoot Stakes, both at Woodbine. She finished second in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine and third in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont. She concluded her career with five wins in 12 starts and earnings of $528,005.

Out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Ms. Cornstalk, Tu Endie Wei was a half-sister to Biofuel, Canada's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2010 after claiming the 2-year-old filly title the year before.