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Pedigree Time Machine: 1966 Mother Goose

The 54th Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) will be run tomorrow at Belmont, featuring Biofuel, Ailalea, Devil May Care, Connie and Michael, and Katy Now. Perhaps these fillies will one day become successful broodmares, but until then, let's remember the 10th Mother Goose Stakes, run in 1966.

Eventual Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Lady Pitt (by Sword Dancer) won the 1966 Mother Goose Stakes, defeating race favorite Marking Time (by To Market). Both fillies would go on to be important producers.

Lady Pitt produced The Liberal Member (by Bold Reason), winner of the 1979 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. I), and Blitey (by Riva Ridge), who took the Maskette (gr. II) and Test Stakes (gr. II) – also in 1979. Despite her banner year, Lady Pitt was not named 1979 Broodmare of the Year. This honor instead went to Smartaire, who had produced Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Smart Angle, and gr. II winner and Travers (gr. I) runner-up Smarten.

Bred by Ogden Phipps, Blitey produced 14 foals, with 12 becoming winners. Dancing Spree (by Nijinsky) won the 10-furlong Suburban (gr. I) and 6-furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in the same season (1989) and added the 7-furlong Carter (gr. I) the next season; Fantastic Find (by Mr. Prospector) won the 1990 Hempstead Handicap (gr. I); and Furlough (by Easy Goer) won the 1999 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Blitey's unraced daughter Oh What a Dance, a full sister to Dancing Spree, produced eight-time grade I winner and 1994 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Heavenly Prize (by Seeking the Gold), and her full sister Oh What a Windfall, winner of the 1998 Matron Stakes (gr. I). Heavenly Prize has produced gr. I winner Good Reward (TrueNicks,SRO) and gr. II winner Pure Prize (TrueNicks,SRO).

Meanwhile, Marking Time became the dam of 1981 Champion Older Mare Relaxing (by Buckpasser). Also bred by Ogden Phipps, Relaxing produced 1988 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Cadillacing (by Alydar), 1988 Champion 2-Year-Old and 1989 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Easy Goer (also by Alydar), and 1992 Go For Wand Stakes (gr. I) winner Easy Now (by Danzig). Relaxing was named 1989 Broodmare of the Year.

The Blood-Horse cover from Lady Pitt's Mother Goose:

Chart from the 1966 Mother Goose, which was run at Aqueduct.

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