12/15/2005 12:00AM

Society Selection retired from races


Irving and Marjorie Cowan have retired their multiple Grade 1-winning filly Society Selection to Lane's End in Versailles, Ky.

Irving Cowan said that breeding plans for the filly have not been finalized but that the couple is considering sending Society Selection to either Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy or Ashford stud Giant's Causeway. The Cowans own shares in A.P. Indy.

"We normally race everything we breed, and there's no reason to believe this would be any different," Cowan said when asked whether he and his wife would likely race or sell Society Selection's first foal.

"On the other hand," said Cowan, "you never know when someone might come along and make you a good offer."

Trained by Allen Jerkens, Society Selection won three Grade 1 races in her career: the 2003 Frizette as a 2-year-old and the 2004 Alabama and Test Stakes at 3. She also won the 2004 Comely Stakes and this year's Shuvee Handicap.

In her final start, she finished second behind Pleasant Home in this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff. Society Selection retires with a record of 6-6-2 from 19 starts and $1,984,200 in winnings.

The Cowans bred Society Selection, now 4, by mating Coronado's Quest with their graded-stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Love That Jazz. Society Selection was the mare's first foal.

Society Selection already has arrived at Lane's End.