The Little Filly That Could

By Rachel Levine, author of Thorough Chat

The incomparable filly Megahertz has been described as the "little filly that could". She may be tiny, but she can pack a kick. Sometimes she played second fiddle to horses such as Tate's Creek, Intercontinental, Ouija Board, Film Maker and Riskaverse. However, she showed that despite her small size, her heart was huge.

Born in England, Megahertz raced in two countries: France and the United States. Her record in France was not that great, however she blossomed once she landed in the States. In her first race for Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel and owner Michael Bello, she won the 2002 Blue Norther Stakes. Later that year she won the G2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap and the American Oaks via disqualification. In July of 2003, she finally won her first G1 race, the John C. Mabee Handicap. In that race, she upset her stablemate Tate's Creek, and Dublino, the filly that was disqualified in the previous year's American Oaks.  Her final race of 2003 resulted in a fifth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

In 2004, Megahertz was disqualified from the Santa Ana Handicap after winning the race due to interference. After finishing second to last in the Breeders' Cup F/M Turf, she faced the boys for the only time in her US career. She finished 2nd by a head behind Pellegrino in the Hollywood Turf Cup, finishing ahead of Cal-Bred superstar Moscow Burning and ‘04 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now.

2005 was her final year of racing, a year in which there were many highs and lows. There was the redemption of winning the Santa Ana after finishing third, and being DQ'ed the previous two years. There was also the heartbreak of losing the Beverly D by a neck, and her very disappointing final race in the Breeders' Cup F/M Turf where she saw her stablemate Intercontinental go gate to wire.

The following two videos are of her final two wins, the Santa Barbara Handicap and the Yellow Ribbon Stakes. I hope that you enjoy these videos of this fine filly.

Now owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson (of Barbaro, Nicanor and Lentenor fame), Megahertz has currently three foals on the ground. A 3yo named Causeithertz (by Giant's Causeway), a 2yo filly named Littlegreatone (by Bernardini), and an unnamed Street Cry colt. Hopefully these foals are able to follow in their mother's footsteps with the same tenacity she displayed on the track.

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