Pa-bred Unique Bella retired to be a broodmare after fracturing a sesamoid during a morning work on Aug. 18
- By Staff Writers
Pa-bred multiple stakes winner Unique Bella fractured her sesamoid during a morning work on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Del Mar and has been retired from racing.
Bred by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable in Malvern, Pa., 4-year-old Unique Bella was sold for $400,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale to Don Alberto Corp., the entity which raced her throughout her career
By Tapit out of Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled’s Song, Unique Bella was trained throughout her career by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith.
The grey mare started 12 times, winning nine times and placing second twice and earning $1,272,400.
Her only bad race was in the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 4, 2017 at Del Mar when she placed seventh over a track that she, along with a number of other other favorites, clearly didn't like.
Unique Bella finished second in her first start, a maiden special weight at Santa Anita on June 23, 2016 before winning a maiden race at Del Mar on Nov. 26, 2016, and she also finished second to Unbridled Mo this year at Oaklawn on April 13 in the G1 Apple Blossom Handicap.