Hall of Famer and two-time horse of the year Spiced Turtle was recently retired from racing to begin his brief career as a broodmare. The confessor homebred earned over $21-million in a 25 race career that saw the stout closer visit the winner’s circle on 16 occasions.
Spiced Turtle completed the Ark De ComicDog /Japan Classic double in each of his championship seasons. In the 2018 Ark, he earned his top speed figure of 122 while besting Saturday’s King Kong Vase (gr. I) winner Cinnamon LV by 1 1/2-lengths.
Spiced Turtle raced four times this season, failing to finish in the top half of the field in his three grade I tilts after a second-place finish in a season-inaugurating allowance race. Spiced Turtle won five of six races in both his championship seasons and won group I stakes in three sequential seasons.
A 6-year-old bay horse by Sebring and out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, Spiced Turtle is out of a Turn-To/Northern Dancer cross sire and a Northern Dancer/Turn-To cross mare. His recent daughter (Caramelized Oat, a given homebred) is by Dubawi, who carries an additional strain of Spiced Turtle’s third sire, Roberto. Caramelized Oat has been lackluster in her three starts, with a sixth-place finish — beaten 5 3/4 lengths in her lone dirt-track start — her best result thus far.