10/14/2010 3:24PM

Gotta Have Her retired


Gotta Have Her, a six-time stakes winners from the ages of 3 to 6, has been retired following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9, trainer Jenine Sahadi said on Thursday.
Gotta Have Her ends her career with 10 wins in 30 sta rts and earnings of $1,132,608. She will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Kentucky on Nov. 7. Owned by Green Lantern Stable, Gotta Have Her remained in Kentucky after the First Lady Stakes.

"She is officially retired," Sahadi said.

Sahadi emphasized that Gotta Have Her ends her career "100 percent sound."
"It's not often that you find a mare like her. I never X-rayed an ankle, a knee or a stifle. I never X-rayed anything. There was never any issue. The only thing that happened to her was getting pneumonia. It defies logic to go from a yearling year to the end of her 6-year-old like that. She's such a remarkable horse."

Gotta Have Her was diagnosed with pneumonia after a ninth-place finish in the Grade 2Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs in 2007. She later won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap at Del Mar in 2009 and 2010, and the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes earlier this year.

In 2009, she won two stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita - the Las Cienegas and Sen. Ken Maddy handicaps - and was second against males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint there last November.

"She was so much fun to watch down the hill," Sahadi said.