History-Making Pins Mare Retired
16 August 2011
Pins’ dual Gr 1 winning daughter Katie Lee has been retired after an outstanding racing career that made New Zealand racing history. The grey five-year-old had disappointed when returning to racing in the Gr 3 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa last weekend and she will now begin her stud career.
Owner Sir Patrick Hogan said it was apparent the five-year-old had lost her interest for racing and she would either visit his champion stallion Zabeel in the spring or be mated in Australia.
Sir Patrick purchased Katie Lee for $340,000 out of Hallmark Stud’s Premier Sale draft to Karaka in 2008.
She was trained throughout by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson and showed her class as a two-year-old with two victories, including the Gr 3 Eclipse Stakes, but returned to a new level at three. The grey brilliantly completed the New Zealand 1000 and 2000 Guineas double as well as taking both the Eight Carat and Sir Tristram Classics at Gr 2 level and the Listed Sarten Memorial.
Her stellar season earned her NZ Filly of the Year honours and was the top-rated filly and second-highest three-year-old on the Free Handicap (1200-1600m).
As a four-year-old Katie Lee won the Gr 3 Traderack Stakes in what was to be her last career success. She retires to the stud with eight wins and eight placings from 23 starts and stake-earnings of $1,100,675.