01/18/2006 12:00AM

Snowdrops going home for breeding

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Snowdrops, the effortless winner of the Grade 3 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap last weekend at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs, has been retired from racing, her trainer, Christophe Clement, said Wednesday.

shipped to Kentucky shortly after the Bayou BC, and after clearing quarantine will leave for her native England, where she will become a broodmare. Clement said owner E. H. Spink had plans to breed Snowdrops to the sire Red Ransom.

By Gulch, the 6-year-old Snowdrops leaves the track with a record of 10-3-2 from 23 starts in a career than began in January 2003. She finished her career with a pair of Grade 3 wins and earnings of almost $600,000.

"She's been a good mare," Clement said. "She kept getting better and better.