11/24/2006 12:00AM

Happy Ticket retired


Happy Ticket, a Grade 1 winner and the all-time richest Louisiana-bred with $1,688,838 in earnings, was retired on Friday by her owner and breeder, Stewart Madison. She is at Fair Grounds in New Orleans with longtime trainer Andrew Leggio Jr., and will soon ship to Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky.

Happy Ticket will be bred next year, but the stallion has yet to be determined, said Madison.

"I wanted to have her here in New Orleans in case we wanted to continue to run," said Madison. "I've just kind of been on the fence, and after a while I said, you know, she's really done everything she could do and she deserves to have the day off, as they say.

"She's really in good physical shape. She's happy as can be, and she's done everything for us we could ever ask. She's just been a great racehorse for us."

Happy Ticket won 12 of 20 starts during her career, with her last race coming in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 4. She finished third in the race, but was placed second through disqualification. In all, Happy Ticket won 10 stakes during her career, with her biggest win coming in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga in 2005. She won the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs in June.

"She just ran every time we put her on the track," said Madison.

Happy Ticket surpassed Scott Scoundrel's mark of $1.2 million in earnings for a Louisiana-bred. Happy Ticket is a 5-year-old by Anet out of the Septieme Ciel mare Love and Happiness.