09/28/2004 11:00PM

Dimitrova up for sale


Grade 1 winner Dimitrova will be offered at auction this fall at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, owner Joseph Higgins has announced.

The winner of the 2003 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap and American Oaks, both Grade 1 races, Dimitrova will sell as part of Indian Creek's consignment. The sale runs from Nov. 8-19 in Lexington, Ky.

Dimitrova is a 4-year-old Swain filly out of the champion Caerleon mare The Caretaker, making her a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Mutafaweq.

Dimitrova began her career in Ireland, where she won the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial and finished third in the Irish 1000 Guineas in 2003. She captured the American Oaks in her United States debut, finished second next time out in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap, and then won the Flower Bowl. In four starts this season, she has finished fourth each time, most recently in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap against male horses. Running here and abroad, Dimitrova has built a lifetime race record of 13-4-2-1 and earned $1,117,696.

* Keeneland announced Wednesday that it has cataloged 4,460 horses to the November breeding stock sale. The 12-day auction will include 2,260 broodmares, 1,950 weanlings, 244 horses of racing age, and six stallions. The sale also will include the sale of 49 horses from the John Franks estate. They will be offered after the opening session by the Hill 'n' Dale agency.