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Morning Snow retires

June 20, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA--Morning Snow has been retired according to owners/breeders Charles and Dixie Patterson. Morning Snow retires after a short but brilliant career that included victories in the Kindergarten and Ed Burke futurities. Sired by This Snow Is Royal and out of the broodmare Sweet Message, the 4-year-old mare’s final start was a sixth place finish in the Grade 1 Golden State Derby on August 16, 2003.

“We had to take a few chips out of her knees and we could run her again but not in the same caliber as before,” Charlie Patterson explained. “We don’t want to run her in just any race. She is just too good of a mare to risk her getting hurt at this point. We feel that it is better for her just to go out and eat grass. She had a great career.”

Morning Snow will now concentrate on being a broodmare according to her owners.

“We just got a baby out of her – a Mr Jess Perry filly born out of a surrogate mare. That filly is drop-dead gorgeous. We have not named her yet but she looks just like her momma. I would image that we will keep her and run her at Los Alamitos in the future. We bred Morning Snow again to Mr Jess Perry this year and a surrogate mare is carrying that foal. We will probably let Morning Snow carry a baby next year.”

Morning Snow retires with career earnings of over $360,000 after winning five of eight starts. Most of that money came from sweeping the first two legs of the Los Alamitos Bonanza – the Kindergarten and Ed Burke - in 2002. She then captured her trial to the Los Alamitos Million, which serves as the final leg of the Bonanza, but missed qualifying after her race was affected by shift in wind direction and a sudden storm.