After contemplating retiring Stonebridge Kisses the past couple of years, owner Martin Scharf and trainer Mark Ford have made the decision to curtail the 8-year-old pacing mare’s racing career and send her to a breeding date with Rocknroll
In late February, Ford told harnessracing.com he and Scharf were ready to breed her in 2006 but she couldn’t get in foal due to the trauma of a severe leg injury suffered in a Cape & Cutter division a bit earlier that required approximately 500 stitches to repair. Last year they were again ready to pull the plug on her racing career when she got off to a slow start, but as if the mare sensed her future fate, she began to race so well the decision was again delayed.
"She started racing good, and when she got close to $1 million we thought we'd give her one more year," Ford said at the time.
On Feb. 15, ironically in a division of the Cape & Cutter division at the Meadowlands, Stonebridge Kisses’s check for her fifth-place finish increased her career earnings to more than $1 million. The daughter of Artiscape finishes her career with a record of 173-45-25-27 and earnings of $1,011,737. She took her mark of 1:50.2 at Mohawk in 2005.