06/09/2008 11:00PM

Divine Park to stand at Airdrie at career's end


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Divine Park, winner of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day, will stand at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones's Airdrie Stud when his racing career ends, the farm announced Tuesday. Airdrie has purchased a majority interest in Divine Park's breeding rights for an undisclosed sum.

Racing for James J. Barry, the 4-year-old Chester House colt beat Commentator by two lengths in the Metropolitan for his sixth victory, and third in a row, from eight starts. Divine Park also won this season's Grade 3 Westchester Handicap and the 2007 Withers Stakes, also Grade 3. He has earned $607,935.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is pointing Divine Park to the Whitney Handicap on July 26.

Jones said Tuesday that there were no firm plans yet regarding when to retire Divine Park.

"That's still open, and we'll just have to see how things shake out," he said, when asked about the possibility of the colt running at age 5. "The racing is still controlled by Mr. Barry and the trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin."

Jones said Barry "will probably stay in for a minor part" of Divine Park for his breeding career, and that Airdrie does not plan to syndicate the colt, whom Jones said "looks an awful lot like Proud Citizen," another stallion on the Airdrie roster.

Clabber Girl, 25, is euthanized

Grade 1-winning millionaire Clabber Girl was euthanized June 7 due to the infirmities of old age, according to Sugar Maple Farm manager Dan Hayden. The daughter of Alydar was 25 and boarded at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, N.Y.

Legendary horseman John Nerud owned Clabber Girl, whom he bred in Florida from his stakes-winning What a Pleasure mare Jedina.

Trained first by Nerud's son Jan, Clabber Girl made just two starts at 2, winning by a neck in her second try.

At 3, she finished second in the Grade 3 Honey Bee Handicap, her only on-the-board performance in stakes company that year. But at 4 and 5, she became a Grade 1 performer, competing well against such top females as Personal Ensign, Sacahuista, and Coup de Fusil.

Moved to D. Wayne Lukas before her 4-year-old season in 1987, Clabber Girl was runner-up to Sacahuista that year in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, capping a season in which she finished in the top three in four Grade 1 races. She also set a track record at Hollywood Park in an allowance race, covering 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.60.

She came back at 5 and won the Top Flight Handicap, finally earning a Grade 1 victory. That season she also won the Grade 2 Chula Vista and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo handicaps, and she finished second or third in five other graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Shuvee, John Morris, and Santa Margarita Invitational handicaps.

Clabber Girl retired a winner on turf and dirt over distances from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. She won 8 of her 39 starts and earned $1,006,261.

The Alydar mare produced seven winners from eight starters, but is represented by a single stakes-placed runner, her A. P Jet gelding Running Dog, the second finisher in the 2006 New York Stallion Spectacular Bid Stakes. Her highest-earning foal to date was another son of A. P Jet, Wing Man, a winner of 9 of 39 starts and $313,825.

Clabber Girl's last foal, a Performing Magic colt named Artifice, is now a yearling.

"She had a way about her - pure class," Hayden said. "You knew she was a great horse. Mr. Nerud always used to refer to her, conformation-wise, as to what a good horse should look like."

Little Sister dies of ruptured stomach

Nine-time stakes winner and stakes-producing broodmare Little Sister has died at age 14. The Valid Appeal mare died May 7 at Three Chimneys Farm after rupturing her stomach, according to Robert and Leland Ackerley. The Ackerleys' Glory Days Breeding Inc. owned Little Sister and boarded her at the Midway, Ky., nursery.

Bred in Florida by Harry T. Mangurian Jr., Little Sister was a daughter of the Iron Constitution mare Mepache, making her a full sister to the successful Texas stallion Valid Expectations. She ran 38 times, winning 17 races, including 9 stakes, most notably the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup in 1997. She also set a six-furlong track record of 1:08.78 at Prairie Meadows in 1998. She retired in December 1999 with $720,568 in her bankroll.

Little Sister went on to produce four winners from five starters, the best known of whom are Takedown, winner of two stakes last year, and stakes-placed runners Spoiled and No Fair.