08/24/2005 11:00PM

Divine Proportions retired


Divine Proportions, European juvenile filly champion of 2004 and winner of this year's French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks, has been retired because of a tendon injury.

Termed "the best horse I have ever trained" by Pascal Bary, Divine Proportions, a 3-year-old daughter of Kingmambo, had suffered the first defeat of her brilliant career in her last start on Aug. 14, when she was fourth at Deauville in France's premier mile race, the Prix Jacques le Marois. The difficulty with her right foreleg was discovered less than a week later, and late Wednesday night the decision was made to retire her.

Owned by the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings, Divine Proportions won 9 of 10 career starts, including five Group 1's, for earnings of $1,553,790.