05/14/2002 11:00PM

Spain bred to Storm Cat

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spain, North America's leading female earner and winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff, was bred to top sire Storm Cat in Lexington on Wednesday, according to Ric Waldman of Overbrook Farm, which stands the stallion.

Waldman said that Spain, a 5-year-old Thunder Gulch mare owned by Prince Ahmed bin Salman's Thoroughbred Corp., returned to Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., after the mating. Waldman did not have additional information regarding Spain's plans, including whether she might be returned to training if she does not conceive.

Richard Mulhall, the Thoroughbred Corp.'s racing manager, could not be reached for comment.

Trained for most of her career by D. Wayne Lukas, Spain has won eight of 33 lifetime starts for earnings of $3,304,244, surpassing the previous female earnings record of $3,283,388 set by Serena's Song.