05/03/2013 5:24PM

Leading Astray becomes a broodmare after injury

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Leading Astray (No. 10), the winner of the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes last year, has been retired due to injury and bred to Kitten's Joy.

One of trainer Chris Block’s more promising 2013 runners, the 4-year-old filly Leading Astray, has been retired and bred to Kitten’s Joy, Block said.

Leading Astray, bred and owned by Block’s family, won the Grade 3 Pucker Up for 3-year-old fillies here last summer and subsequently finished second or third in three other graded turf stakes. She was injured while exercising in Florida this winter and now is a member of the Blocks’ excellent band of broodmares.

“It’s really a shame,” Block said. “I think she had a bright future.”

Block trains a Bob Lothenbach-owned 3-year-old colt, Bambazonki, whom he is pointing to the Arlington Classic, the first leg of the Mid-America Triple. Ioya Bigtime, another Block homebred, threw a dud last month in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland but will try to rebound in the Louisville Handicap at Churchill with an eye toward the Stars and Stripes Handicap here later in the meet, Block said.