04/29/2008 11:00PM

Edenwold retired, sold


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Edenwold, the 2005 Canadian champion 2-year-old colt and 2006 Queen's Plate winner for owners Jim and Alice Sapara, has been retired from racing and sold for stud duty to Selwyn River Stud in New Zealand.

Edenwold, a 5-year-old son of Southern Halo out of Best of Friends, by Mining, was bred by Gail Wood and William Diamant and was purchased by the Saparas' Winsong Farms for $100,000 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario division) 2004 September yearling sale.

As a 2-year-old, Edenwold won the Vandal, Colin, and Simcoe stakes at Woodbine.

He parlayed a third-place finish in the Plate Trial Stakes the following year into a win in the $1 million Queen's Plate, becoming the first juvenile champion since Sound Reason, in 1977, to accomplish the feat.

Josie Carroll, who trained Edenwold throughout his career, made history by becoming the first female trainer to have a Plate winner.

Edenwold finished racing in the fall of 2007 and retires with a record of 5 wins and 5 stakes placings in 18 starts and earnings of $1,081,650.