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On the Distaff Side, Across the Pond

Yesterday brought the sad news the Urban Sea, winner of the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (pictured) and a highly influential broodmare, died from foaling complications at the Irish National Stud. Although she raced around the world, the Kentucky-bred mare was most successful in her adopted homeland of France, becoming the first filly to win the Arc after a ten-year gap since All Along’s win.

As a broodmare, she produced (among other successful runners) G1 winners My Typhoon and Black Sam Bellamy, but is perhaps best remembered for her wildly successful Epsom Derby-winning son Galileo. Through him, she is the grand-dam of New Approach, Red Rocks, Soldier of Fortune, Sixties Icon and Makybe Diva’s first foal (the colt is lot 90 at the upcoming Australian Easter Yearling Sale, if you’re interested). Her newborn Invincible Spirit colt is said to be doing well with a nurse mare, but obviously it’s a sad end for a great mare.

In better foaling news, Ouija Board gave birth to her second foal on Valentine’s Day. Both she and the Monsun colt are doing well, and she is booked to visit none other than Galileo for her next date (so at least Urban Sea’s legacy carries on). Her yearling colt by Kingmambo has been named Legend of Ouija and he should be one to watch in the coming years. Let’s hope for continued safe deliveries in future.

Even Britain’s female jockeys are having a tough time of late; Haley Turner, the first British female jockey to win 100 races in a year (at least in flat racing), suffered a bad concussion in a fall at Newmarket yesterday. British racing regulations call for mandatory time off after such an injury, so she is likely to miss the start of the season later this month. While the news that the horse she was working, Old Sarum, had to be put down is sobering, it sounds as though Turner is on the road to recovery. Perhaps she could face off with Chantal Sutherland and Kayla Stra in an international, all-female very special episode of Jockeys down the line.

3 comments to On the Distaff Side, Across the Pond

  • Valerie

    I swear, you and I were separated at birth—I had typed up notes for a post identical to this, including mention of Ouija Board! How weird is that?

    I don’t believe the name of Ouija Board’s foal is accurate, though—I “fixed” the Pedigree Query entry because someone had him born in 2005 (when she was still running) and had him having raced 10 times already with 8 wins (he’s a yearling). This website mentions the first foal is likely to be retained by Lord Derby and doesn’t give a name; the Pedigree Query site lists a price for him?:

    I also searched Tattersalls catalogues and online, and there is no such horse as “Legend of Ouija.” Maybe someone just created the name as a marker for when the horse really is named.

    Urban Sea’s 3-year-old colt Sea The Stars (by Cape Cross) is still being talked about for this year’s Epsom Derby.

    Also, My Typhoon gave birth to her first foal, a colt by Awesome Again, on January 30, and will be bred to Distorted Humor this year:

  • Superfecta

    That is funny!

    Thanks for the Ouija foal update, I was wondering about that since I saw some things indicating he’d be sold, and others saying they were keeping him.

    I know what I’d do!

  • Wind Gatherer

    Just me, but I think King of Voodoo would be a better name.

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