12/17/2004 1:00AM

Injury curtails Silent Sighs's career


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Silent Sighs, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks last March, has been retired after failing to recover from an ankle injury, owner Marty Wygod said.

A California-bred filly, Silent Sighs will be bred to a Kentucky-based stallion in 2005, although a decision on which stallion has not been finalized, Wygod said.

Wygod said that Silent Sighs had resumed training at Santa Anita with Julio Canani when the decision was made to end her racing career. Wygod said that her value as a broodmare outweighed any future success on the racetrack.

Silent Sighs won 4 of 6 starts and $442,700. Second in the 2003 California Cup Juvenile Fillies, Silent Sighs won three consecutive stakes last winter.

She won the California Breeders' Champion Stakes over seven furlongs in December, the Sunshine Millions Oaks for California-breds and Florida-breds in January, and the Santa Anita Oaks in March.

The Santa Anita Oaks victory thrust her into the national spotlight. In the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs last April, Silent Sighs finished 10th on a muddy track. She emerged from the race with bone chips in an ankle that required surgery.

Silent Sighs was bred by Wygod and his wife, Pam. Silent Sighs is by Benchmark out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance.

Large catalog for Barretts sale

The Barretts January mixed sale on Jan. 24-25 comprises 670 horses, including broodmares, yearlings, 2-year-olds, and horses of racing age.

The sale catalog is currently available on the Internet. The sale includes more than 300 broodmares, 139 yearlings, 121 2-year-olds, and 77 horses of racing age. The top stallions in the state are represented as covering stallions to broodmares and as sires of yearlings and 2-year-olds.

The horses of racing age portion includes Street Theatre, who was second in the Grade 2 Arlington Classic last summer. Trained by Eoin Harty for Darley Stable, Street Theatre sells as a racing and stallion prospect. He is not in training, Harty said.

The record price paid for a horse at the January sale came earlier this year, when Taste of Paradise sold for $425,000.

Grant Marty a Wish retired

Grant Marty a Wish, a sprinter who was stakes placed last year at Del Mar, has been retired after suffering a suspensory injury, trainer Bart Edwards said.

The injury occurred while Grant Marty a Wish was in training recently at Hollywood Park. She had been nominated for Monday's Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap.

A California-bred by Beautiful Crown, the 5-year-old Grant Marty a Wish ended her career with 9 wins in 21 starts and earnings of $291,366. She was best in sprints, with all of her victories coming at between 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 furlongs.

Owned by Hattie Young, Grant Marty a Wish finished third in her final start, an allowance race over six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 27.

O'Neill's new acquisitions in stakes

There are two $125,000 stakes for 2-year-old California-breds during the first week of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting - the open division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes on Dec. 26 and the fillies division on Dec. 27. Both races are over seven furlongs.

Trainer Doug O'Neill will have two starters in the open division - Iced Out and Shanghai Joe, who were recently privately acquired.

Iced Out, a seven-length winner of a maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 26, has been bought by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez.

Shanghai Joe, a maiden winner at Hollywood Park on Nov. 6, has been bought by a partnership headed by Tom Kagele and Ron Manzani.