11/23/2005 1:00AM

Pleasant Home, BC Distaff winner, retired


Pleasant Home, winner of this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff, has been retired from racing and will be bred in 2006 to Awesome Again, Claiborne Farm staff said Wednesday.

A 4-year-old Seeking the Gold filly, Pleasant Home raced for her breeder, Ogden Mills Phipps, who bred her from the Pleasant Colony mare Our Country Place. Pleasant Home won 5 of her 12 starts in 2004 and 2005.

Her best performances came this season, when she finished second in the Grade 1 Ballerina and the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes, and won the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses. But she saved the best for last, scoring an emphatic victory by 9 1/4 lengths in the Distaff, her final start. Sent off at 30-1, she beat Society Selection and last year's Distaff winner and 3-year-old champion filly, Ashado. That brought Pleasant Home's career totals to 5-2-3 from 12 starts and $1,378,070 in earnings.

Shug McGaughey trained Pleasant Home.

Pleasant Home arrived two weeks ago at Claiborne in Paris, Ky., where her dam also boards. Pleasant Home is a full sister to multiple graded winner Country Hideaway.