Godolphin homebred Althiqa (GB), a multiple Grade 1 winner in North America, has been retired, trainer Charlie Appleby announced on Oct. 19.
The daughter of Dark Angel (IRE) most recently finished fourth as the favorite in the First Lady Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 9.
“We’ve retired Althiqa. There were no more options for her,” Appleby said in an interview with Michael Adolphson of Dubai Racing Channel. “She could have gone to Del Mar, there’s a Grade 2 on the card there, but bless her, she owes us nothing. She’s pulled up safe and sound and she’ll head to the breeding shed.”
A stakes winner in France last year, Althiqa opened her 4-year-old campaign by winning the Cape Verdi Presented By Longines (G2) at Meydan Racecourse on Jan. 28. Following a third-place outing in the Balanchine Sponsored By Range Rover (G2) at Meydan on Feb. 18, the gray filly headed stateside and made a strong first impression when she started at Belmont Park, winning the Just a Game Stakes (G1) by three-quarters of a length over stablemate Summer Romance (IRE) on June 5.
That same scenario would play out in the Diana Stakes (G1) on July 1 at Saratoga Race Course with Althiqa against besting her barnmate by the same margin while matching her career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure.
Althiqa retires with six wins from 12 career starts and a bankroll of $761,213.