12/06/2017 4:42PM

Grade 1 winner Constellation retired, will be bred to Curlin

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Constellation wins the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes last December.

Grade 1 winner Constellation has been retired from racing and will visit Hall of Famer Curlin for her first mating during the 2018 breeding season.

The 4-year-old Bellamy Road filly finished her ontrack career with five wins in 14 starts and earnings of $619,809. She raced for the Roth family’s LNJ Foxwoods and spent time with trainers Steve Asmussen, Jerry Hollendorfer, and Bob Baffert.

“She’s 4, turning 5 and already a Grade 1 winner, and her last few starts weren’t up to par, so she’ll be bred next year,” said Alex Solis of Solis/Litt Bloodstock, which manages LNJ Foxwoods’s bloodstock interests. “Her form was good until the Breeders’ Cup [Filly and Mare Sprint, where she finished last]. These older fillies can tail off, and they’ll tell you when they’re done.”

Constellation won on debut at Saratoga by 4 1/2 lengths, then finished third to Rachel’s Valentina in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes. She finished out her juvenile season with a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes and a win in the Furlough Stakes at Aqueduct.

The filly returned at 3 to win the Ruthless Stakes and then headed west to win the City of Phoenix Stakes at Turf Paradise and the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. At 4, she finished second in the Grade 3 Las Flores, Grade 1 Madison, Grade 2 Great Lady M, and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap before finishing off the board in the Breeders’ Cup and the Grade 2 Bayakoa.

Solis signed the $800,000 ticket for Constellation at the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Constellation is out of the stakes-winning Not For Love mare For Royalty, whose four foals to race also include stakes-placed Upper Room, Queen Mum, and Back Flip.

For Royalty sold for $2.1 million at this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and Solis said that Constellation’s pedigree and race record would make her an attractive offering on the commercial market, but the plan for the moment was to hang on to the filly.

Curlin stands for $150,000 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky.