Gamine Retired

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GamineSarah Andrew

Michael Lund Petersen's champion Gamine (Into Mischief–Peggy Jane, by Kafwain), has been retired from racing and will reside at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa Farm in Paris, Ky., it was announced Tuesday. Breeding plans for the 5-year-old are still being discussed.

Bred by Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, Gamine topped the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale when hammering to Petersen for $1.8 million and was named a 'TDN Rising Star' for her dominant 6 1/4-length debut romp last March at Santa Anita. The bay went on to dominate the GI Acorn S. by a breathtaking 18 3/4 lengths and added Grade I triumphs in the Test S. and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint as a sophomore en route to being named champion female sprinter at the Eclipse Awards.

Her clocking of 1:32 2/5 in the Acorn was one-fifth of a second off of Dr. Fager's one-mile world record on dirt, set 54 years ago. She set a track record at Keeneland when stopping the timer in 1:20 1/5 for seven furlongs in the Breeders' Cup. Her 1:20 4/5 in the Test was two-fifths of a second off the record Saratoga seven-furlong mark.

“Gamine is the best filly sprinter I have ever trained,” said trainer Bob Baffert. She defines greatness. “She's a big, beautiful, elegant filly. She was all class. We knew we had something very special right from the start.”

As a 4-year-old in 2021, Gamine added Grade I scores in the Derby City Distaff S. at Churchill Downs and Ballerina S. at Saratoga. She was third when defending her title in the Breeders' Cup in her career finale and retires with a record of 11-9-0-1 and earnings of $1,771,500.

“Gamine is leaving the track happy and healthy. She gave me and my family the thrill of a lifetime,” said Lund Petersen. “We look forward to her next chapter.”

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