Broodmare of the Year: Cast Your Ballot

Every Thoroughbred breeder or student of bloodlines has a favorite candidate for annual broodmare honors. Each spring for many years The Blood-Horse MarketWatch editors have reviewed leading dams from the previous year and presented a MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year award. Two years ago we opened the polling to our readers, making the award representative of more Thoroughbred industry voices.

Decisive winners emerged in 2009 and 2010. Aletta Maria—dam of grade I winners Cetewayo and Dynaforce and seven other stakes winners or black type-placed horses—was last year’s clear winner with 31% of the ballots, about 10 points clear of the runner-up. In 2009 the results were similar, with Justenuffheart—producer of champion Dreaming of Anna and graded scorers Lewis Michael and Justenuffhumor—garnering 32% of all votes.

For 2011’s award we present an expanded roster of candidates. Some of the names are repeat nominees, while others enter consideration for the first time this year.

Mares featured in the past two years whose progeny continue to shine include Aurora, Chipeta Springs, Kelli’s Ransom, Private Feeling, and Weekend Storm. Their profiles are available to MarketWatch subscribers in the 2009 and 2010 archives and are reproduced in the PDF report (available here for free!). New profiles this year include:

  • Binche, by Alan Porter
  • Born Gold, by Ann Ferland
  • Carson Jen, by Eric Mitchell
  • Gabriellina Giof (GB), by Avalyn Hunter
  • Get Lucky, by Tom Hall
  • Lady Shirl, by Christine Wittmer
  • Liable, by Anne Peters
  • Pretty Discreet, by Ian Tapp
  • Riveting Drama, by Scot T. Gillies
  • Vertigineux, by Evan Hammonds

Please enjoy the broodmare profiles presented in the free report and review the associated data charts. When you have settled on a single mare you believe deserves the leading broodmare award, place your vote below—but be aware, the poll closes April 17.

Download the free report today:  MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year


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Get Lucky has done it all produce tons of top horses and daughters have been very good. Super Saver, Bluegrass Cat, etc. She gets my vote

10 Mar 2011 9:58 PM

Vertigineaux...hands (er hooves) down!

11 Mar 2011 7:50 AM

Broodmare of the year before the first quarter is even completed?  Talk about putting cart ahead of horse.

  • Scot's reply:  Haha... no cart/horse problem here!  This is a review of dams of standout runners in 2010.  With breeding sheds now open and foals hitting the ground every day, March is the perfect time of year to reflect on outstanding producers of the past year.
11 Mar 2011 10:45 AM

Get Lucky get's my vote!

11 Mar 2011 12:55 PM

Very comprehensive list. Nice job on all profiles-these mares are deserving of praise. One day, perhaps, we'll have a broodmare and stallion Hall Of Fame.

11 Mar 2011 3:02 PM

Vertigineux, most certainly.

11 Mar 2011 4:02 PM
ben walden

Get Lucky is the broodmare of the year!     Zenyatta has had her glory in every conceivable capacity. Let's move on... and give another deserving candidate her obvious credit and award.

11 Mar 2011 6:14 PM

What about Riveting Drama? She produced Big Drama and Little Drama? Both stakes winners? Little Drama got third in a stakes at gulf stream. I think she deserves some credit

11 Mar 2011 6:19 PM

figures Vertigineux got the most votes. only because she is the dam of zenyatta. not saying anything against zenyatta and her dam tho.

11 Mar 2011 7:01 PM

Who else Vertigneux?  After the outstanding foals she has produced, she is the deserving winner.

11 Mar 2011 8:06 PM

Get Lucky -- no one trick pony for sure!!

11 Mar 2011 8:12 PM

Riveting Drama, she has been bred to modest sires, yet has gone on to throw consistent tough runners worldwide.. 8 for 8, she is a special mare.. 2nd for me is Get Lucky, 3rd Vertigeneaux 4th Pretty Discreet, and 5th Aurora

12 Mar 2011 1:51 AM

She's produced 33% stakes winners from foals, 29% grade 1 stakes winners from from foals, the greatest mare in racing history and over $8.5 million in earnings. Have to go with Vertigineux.

12 Mar 2011 10:29 AM

Vertigineux is not Zenyatta.  Yes Zenyatta has gotten lots of glory....allllllll well deserved but let's give her dam the awards she deserves!  Hands down Vertigineux, soley for producing one of the best racehorses to have ever lived!!

12 Mar 2011 10:54 AM

Born Gold got my vote, she has the best money producers with the exception of Vertingeaux, whose number is raised by Zenyatta and by one other. Wish they could all get the honor all are outstanding mares.

13 Mar 2011 9:56 AM

@Ben: Do you really think Blugrass Cat's brief career as a bridesmaid in three year old races is more impressive than Balance's 3 grade I wins?  Or are you just not aware that Vertigineux has had other foals.

13 Mar 2011 1:32 PM

ARUROA GOT MY VOTE but i thank they should have a Hall of Fame. All of these mares deserve the win for with out them our races would not be what they are. their blood lines will go on for a while but we have lost a lot over the years to never get back these are part of our histroy of racing Great job on selecting these GreatMares

14 Mar 2011 10:41 PM
The Flying Sunshine

Get Lucky, definitely not a one hit wonder. :)

15 Mar 2011 9:11 AM

Vertigineaux...hands (er hooves) down!

16 Mar 2011 12:46 PM
Zens Auntie

I chose my "sista by da same Mista" Vertigineaux too.

This is not about da nice niece  Zenyatta, its about Balance and her success, 4.2 million for Mr Besilu  can I get a whooo hoo..

I know so 2010 right?? But Broodmare is such a long term position I find it difficult to judge this far out for a year but if I had to pick a high seller this fall and Balance had a stridy colt I'd like his chances.

I know, it did not take a rocket scientist did it.

Just like January awards are for last year - so would be my March handed out picks for awards.

Slick fat sale colts that can run the catwalk are a muddy, snotty, clumsy, gangly MESS right now the grooms and handlers have to bloom them into hot house magic.  

I love babies.....

16 Mar 2011 1:53 PM

Really, why even bother?  And I'm not even being snarky.  The reality is, at least for the next 12 months or so, if you invoke Zenyatta's name in ANY fashion connected to a popularity vote, she wins because her cult is just that devoted.

16 Mar 2011 3:06 PM
uncle mo lover amy!

wow!! these are all great,great mares! but i think get lucky really deserves  the title! but i will be happy for any of these beautiful mares!

27 Mar 2011 7:42 PM

Vertigineux...She has consistently produced very good race horses with each pregnancy and now we are watching Eblouissante to come up and repeat it all over again. Every horseman associated with her training has only had high praise for her intelligence and potential. Her pedigree goes back to Man o'War.

  Vertigineux should be BROODMARE OF THE DECADE !!!!!    

29 Mar 2011 11:39 AM

My vote is with Riveting Drama, as Daniel says she really has produced fantastic stock from average stallions.

On a seperate note I am expecting my first foal!  Exciting all the possiblities it could become :-)

13 Apr 2011 9:49 AM

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