09/21/2008 11:00PM

Proud Spell done for year


Proud Spell, second as the 2-5 favorite Saturday in the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park, is finished racing for the year and will be shipped this week for a lengthy rest at the Airdrie Stud of breeder-owner Brereton C. Jones.

Jones said Monday he has not made a decision whether to retire Proud Spell. "She's a little bit on the tired side right now,' said Jones. "She's run every month since February, and she's run against the best fillies in America. After her last two races, she just hasn't eaten up quite as well. We'll turned her out for 30 days, let her be a horse, then decide what we're going to do with her next year."

Brereton Jones said he seriously considered the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Distaff for Proud Spell, "but since she's not 100 percent, we just can't do that. The filly is very sound, and she's got a heart bigger than all outdoors. It'll be hard to think of retiring her because of that."

Proud Spell, by Proud Citizen, has earned more than $2.1 million and is a major contender for an Eclipse Award in the 3-year-old filly division after winning four graded stakes this year, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama Stakes. In the Cotillion, she had a difficult trip under regular rider Gabriel Saez before settling for second, 2 1/2 lengths behind Seattle Smooth.

Proud Spell, trained by Larry Jones (no relation), is scheduled to ship to Airdrie in Midway, Ky., from the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.