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Reader Challenge: Mystery Mare



A world record priced yearling at auction, the mare depicted above traces in tail female to several champion sires and exceptional racers, including a winner of two grade I events that will be run this weekend – albeit one via disqualification. Name this mare, the grade I winner mentioned, and the two grade I races won by that horse. As a bonus, name three champion sires that descend from this mare.

Leave your choice in the comments section below. Responses will be posted on Monday, August 23. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Acetyl-CoA, sceptre, Annie, Sumiko, Ann in Lexington, and Andrea Hoogendoorn Bouwkamp for correctly identifying Sceptre as the mare pictured above. She is ancestress of Kicken Kris, winner of the 2003 Secretariat Stakes (gr. I) and 2004 Arlington Million (gr. I), the latter by disqualification. Sceptre, a foal of 1899, was by Derby and St. Leger winner Persimmon, out of a full sister to Triple Crown winner Ormonde. A world record 10,000 guineas yearling purchase, Sceptre went on to win four of five English classics of 1902. In tail female line, Sceptre extends to champion sires St. Germans, Buchan, Petition, and Tissot; Derby winner Relko; Preakness (gr. I) winner Red Bullet (TrueNicks,SRO); and many other standouts. Click here for more info on Sceptre.

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