04/08/2014 1:48PM

Grade 1 winner Egg Drop retired

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Egg Drop, inside, will be sold in foal in Kentucky this fall.

Grade 1 winner Egg Drop has been retired from racing with a tendon injury, and plans call for the 5-year-old daughter of Alphabet Soup to be sold at a Kentucky mixed auction this November.

Egg Drop had been training toward a start in this weekend's Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland, when a routine exam and subsequent scan revealed the injury. The mare has sustained a small tear to her left front superficial digital flexor tendon.

“Although she’s never taken an unsound step and the prognosis is for a full recovery, we thought it best to retire her and give her a great life on a farm,” said Billy Koch, managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing Club. “She’s taken our partners on such an amazing ride and given us so many thrills. We will breed and sell her, in foal this November. We are very much looking forward to following the next chapter in her promising career as a broodmare.”

Egg Drop will be shipped to Kentucky on Wednesday. Breeding plans have not been finalized.

Egg Drop concludes her career with six victories from 13 starts for earnings of $534,020. She was a solid graded stakes competitor among turf females in California last season, capturing the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park, the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita Park, and the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. The gray or roan mare, who was trained by Mike Mitchell, returned to the races this year to finish second in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes in February at Santa Anita.

“When bloodstock agent Tom McCrocklin called to say she was one her way to us, he said, 'I am sending you a freak,'" Mitchell said “Everything he said was right. She was a star and a dream to train. She won on synthetic, turf and dirt and at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.  Everyone from the groom to the hot walker to the exercise rider loved her. She is very correct and should throw some nice babies.”

Florida-bred Egg Drop is one of four winners from as many starters out of the winning Adhocracy mare Rehocracy.