01/09/2014 10:54AM

Santa Anita: Test Stakes winner Sweet Lulu retired

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Michael Amoruso
Sweet Lulu edges Wildcat Lily to win the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The short, successful racing career of Sweet Lulu has ended.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed Thursday that Sweet Lulu, winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes last summer at Saratoga, has been retired and will be sold as a broodmare.

“She has a small injury that is not going to affect her status as a broodmare,” Hollendorfer said. “My owner Steve Beneto wished to put her as a broodmare rather than bring her back and run her again.”

Sweet Lulu, sired by Mr. Greeley, made an immediate splash on the racetrack. She won her May 30 debut at Hollywood Park, and followed with back-to-back allowance wins at Hollywood and Del Mar before shipping to Saratoga for the Test.

In just the fourth start of her career, Sweet Lulu scored a gritty victory, winning the Test by a head under jockey Julien Leparoux.

Though winless in three subsequent starts, Sweet Lulu’s late-season performances in 2013 affirmed her as one of the country’s top 3-year-old fillies.

She finished second in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx Racing, fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita, and in the final start of her career, on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, she finished second in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes.

“I loved her from the moment I bought her,” Hollendorfer said. “And we paid some money for her.”

Sweet Lulu, 4, was produced by Grade 3 winner Successful Outlook (by Orientate), and sold for $270,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. She finishes her racing career having won four races and $693,600 from seven starts.

“She’s a great big, good-looking filly and I think she’ll make an outstanding broodmare,” Hollendorfer said.

Details regarding her broodmare career are pending.

Mary Reynolds More than 1 year ago
Will really miss seeing her but am happy her owner's taking precautions for this wonderful filly's welfare. Happy retirement, Lulu!
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
Doff ruined this filly
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
How so? She ran 7 times (once a month) from May 2013 to December 2013. G1 winner. G1 placed. She didn't even race an entire year!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I don't think you are too far off. She should have been rested after the trip to Parx. Turned out for the year. She may have only raced once a moth, but she through down every time she raced. She didn't show the fight she had shown in her first five starts in her last two.
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
duh ! your right they shouldn't run these horses they should just feed them and walk them around the shed row every day that way only a few will hurt them selves .
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
You might take a look at halo dolly in the paseana stake suunday to see how dorf takes care of mares .or his job wiith blind luck.wrong tree to bark up.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Every time I bet on her...she lost...bet against her..she beat me.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness someone knows when the time is right to retire a quality filly. Injuries are a part of the game but foolish attempts to go on and on with a horse are senseless...
michael More than 1 year ago
Very nice filly, what a shame. Good luck girl.