09/08/2005 11:00PM

Pebbles dies at age 24


Pebbles, winner of the 1985 Breeders' Cup Turf at Aqueduct, has died in Japan at the age of 24.

Retired from the breeding shed three years ago, she was euthanized at Darley Stud's Fukumitsu Farm, where she had been living since 1996.

While none of her 12 foals ever amounted to much, Pebbles made a name for herself as one of racing's best fillies in the latter part of the 20th century.

By Sharpen Up out of the Connaught mare La Dolce, the British-bred Pebbles was trained throughout her career by Clive Brittain. She won the 1000 Guineas in 1984, and the next year became the first filly to win the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes.

Her neck victory over Strawberry Road in the Breeders' Cup Turf broke the Aqueduct track record by 1.20 seconds.

Pebbles won 8 of 15 starts, with four second-place finishes, for earnings of $1,457,271.