03/08/2010 12:00AM

Vodka, richest mare, retired


Vodka, a seven-time Grade 1 winner in her native Japan and the highest earning racemare in Thoroughbred history, has been retired after having bled in the Maktoum Challenge at Meydan on Thursday. Trained by Katsuhiko Sumii for Yuzo Tanimizu, Vodka, a 6-year-old daughter of the Brian's Time stallion Tanino Gimlet, earned $13,147,826 in winning 10 of 26 lifetime starts. She will be shipped from Dubai to Ireland to be bred to Sea the Stars at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud.

Only T.M. Opera O at $16,200,337 has earned more money on the track than Vodka, who in 2007 became the first filly to win the Japanese Derby since 1943. Japan's juvenile filly champion at 2, she was champion Japanese 3-year-old filly in 2007 and Horse of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. Five of her Grade 1 triumphs came at the expense of males. In addition to her Derby triumph at 1 1/2 miles, these were the one-mile Yasuda Kinen in both 2008 and 2009, the 1 1/4-mile Autumn Tenno Sho in 2008 and last year's 1 1/2-mile Japan Cup.

She closes her brilliant career with an eighth-place finish behind her countrymate filly Red Desire in the Maktoum Challenge, which had been her scheduled prep for the Dubai World Cup, victory in which would have made her the leading earner in Thoroughbred history. In her place, it was announced on Monday that Red Desire will run in the World Cup instead of the Dubai Sheema Classic, as originally planned.

Eagle Mountain's race days end as well

Eagle Mountain, who followed his second-place finish to Conduit in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf with a win in the Hong Kong Cup, has been retired after suffering a tendon injury in training in Dubai. Originally trained by Aidan O'Brien, for whom he finished second in the Epsom Derby, he spent his last three seasons under the tutelage of Mike de Kock. In 19 lifetime starts, he won 5 times for earnings of $3,521,721. A 6-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar out of a mare by Danehill, he has not had his stud plans solidified.