04/20/2005 12:00AM

Sweet Catomine retired


Sweet Catomine has been retired, her owner, Marty Wygod, said Wednesday. A 3-year-old daughter of Storm Cat, Sweet Catomine will be sent to Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky later this week and will be bred to A.P. Indy.

was a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby until her fifth-place finish as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Wygod said after the derby that Sweet Catomine had bled in her final work for the race and had spent 48 hours at a veterinary facility, but neither Wygod nor trainer Julio Canani had disclosed those facts until after the race. The California Horse Racing Board is conducting investigations into the actions and statements of Wygod and Canani.

Sweet Catomine was named champion filly at 2 after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Grade 2 Oak Leaf Stakes, and Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. She won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in her first two starts at 3. Sweet Catomine retires with a record of 5 wins in 7 starts and earnings of $1,059,600.