03/24/2015 3:15PM

Mufajaah, winner of two stakes this year, retired

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Mufajaah, winning the Bayakoa on Feb. 15, will be bred to Quality Road.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Mufajaah, the winner of the first two races in Oaklawn’s route series for fillies and mares, has been retired and is scheduled to be bred to Quality Road, trainer Dan Peitz said Monday. Mufajaah, 4, ran third in the Grade 2, $300,000 Azeri at Oaklawn in her most recent out March 14.

Mufajaah was shipped last week to owner Shadwell Stable’s farm in Lexington, Ky., said Peitz. He said that as a general rule, Shadwell does not race many of its fillies as 4-year-olds, and if a filly does run at 4, her season tends to wrap up early in the year. Mufajaah won the $100,000 Pippin by three lengths at Oaklawn on Jan. 17. She then returned to capture the Grade 3 Bayakoa here by a neck Feb. 15.

“She was going to go home after the first stakes,” Peitz said. “When she won, everyone said, ‘We’ll run her one more time.’ She won again, and we went to the Azeri. Had she won the Azeri, then she would have definitely gone to the Apple Blossom.”

Peitz, who has long believed that Mufajaah was of stakes quality, has been delighted with her season at Oaklawn. Mufajaah is a deep closer, and he was pleased with her effort in the Azeri, which was won wire to wire by Gold Medal Dancer.

“We’re proud of her,” he said. “It was a paceless race, and she just had no shot. I’m glad we got to keep her as long as we did.”

◗ Ivan Fallunovalot had a major work for next month’s Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on Tuesday, breezing five furlongs in a bullet 59.80 seconds. Clocker Ronnie Morse had his final quarter in 23.40. Jockey Calvin Borel was aboard for trainer Tom Howard.

Alex More than 1 year ago
"as a general rule, Shadwell does not race many of its fillies as 4-year-olds." What kind of rule is that? Retire a horse that is just coming into her own, hoping one day she will produce another horse with her talent so you can retire them early too? Idiotic
brian More than 1 year ago
Yes it is!
Cameron More than 1 year ago
Pretty cool to retire a horse when it starts getting good. Does wonders for the sport. $$$
BearsyZoo More than 1 year ago
I really don't think it has anything to do with the money. She is owned by Shadwell. It states in the article they normally retire their fillies at 4.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
Makes no sense to me. Horses aren't physically mature till they are 4 (or later, even) so why have a policy of only running female horses as juveniles? She can't be bred until spring 2016. So... just makes no sense. I'm glad we at least got to see a little of this nice mare, and hopefully her Quality Road foal ends up as a gelding so there will be no excuse to retire him the minute he's actually an adult.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
There is still plenty of time to breed her this year.
Chas More than 1 year ago
Besides your valid point, retiring these horses especially fillies at the beginning age of 4 greatly reduces the top quality remaining and hurts the racing competition and any attempt to build fan following...
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Good luck to her connections. I was just starting to follow her and will miss her racing.