Vote for MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year

Fans of superhorse Zenyatta rallied for the 13-time grade I winner to take home any and all annual honors—even if by proxy. Vertigineux was the runaway winner of last year’s MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year title as fans of her 2010 Horse-of-the-Year daughter flooded the ballot boxes.

Will Easter Bunnette, dam of reigning champion Havre de Grace, receive similar support this year? Will the broodmare title go to Oatsee, the only dam of a 2011 American classic winner in consideration? Or will it be Tranquility Lake, who leads all 2011 graded stakes-producing dams by Comparable Index? Those mares and seven others were selected as candidates based on stellar 2011 progeny performances and lifetime achievements.

Read through the 10 broodmare profiles on the following pages. Take a look at the data charts below and on page 13. When you have settled on a single mare you believe deserves the leading broodmare award, place your vote on the MarketWatch Blog. Voting closes April 16, 2012. Results will appear in the April issue.

New profiles this year include:

  • Magnificient Style, by Alan Porter
  • Laurel Delight (GB), by Ann Ferland
  • Tranquility Lake, by Eric Mitchell
  • Uff-Uff (BRZ), by Avalyn Hunter
  • Ava Knowsthecode, by Tom Hall
  • Flying Passage, by Christine Wittmer
  • Easter Bunnette, by Anne Peters
  • Oatsee, by Ian Tapp
  • Teaksberry Road, by Scot T. Gillies
  • Lady Shirl, 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 16.

Download the free report today:  MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year


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I say give all the brood mares a trophy.  They have all contributed to this industry time and time again.   they all have to carry the foal and labor to have it.  Lets give ALL the brood mares a prize.

28 Mar 2012 1:19 PM

I voted for Lady Shirl, but Teaksberry Road was a close second. Had considered purchasing her-a long time ago-, as she was a good-looking daughter of one of my favorites, High Honors. Actually, of all Graustark's sons High Honors was probably my favorite, owing to his looks, pedigree and racing ability. He was a rather elegant Graustark, receiving some of that look from his highly accomplished and well-bred dam, but I also saw him as a leggy, taller version of Ribot, his grandsire. As I recall, he stood briefly at Darby Dan, KY, but was soon banished to Ohio. He never achieved much of a following, and I was surprised to read that he sired as many as 140+ offspring (pedigree query has him at under 50). Well, we can never be certain of such things, but my bet is that High Honors deserves the vast lion's share of credit for Teaksberry Road's success as a broodmare. So in retrospect I'd also posit that it's too bad that High Honors didn't receive better numbers and quality of mares, for if he had who knows how many top producers (and, perhaps runners by High Honors)by him would have existed.  

28 Mar 2012 2:28 PM
Mookie's Hero

Hi There

My vote would have been for Mining My Own. After all she is the dam on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and now has the Blue Grass winner and potential second Kentucky Derby winner. How many mares have two grade 1 winners on their resume

Mookie's Hero

14 Apr 2012 10:49 PM

Hats off to the ladies! That old saying; stallions make money, mares make babies, comes to mind! Blessed are the broodmares, they give so much. BTW, Avaknowsthecode got my vote!

15 Apr 2012 12:55 AM

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