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Zipse At The Track

The Legend of Oatsee Grows

With the explosive victory of first-time starter, Eblouissante, last week, her dam, Vertigineux, has been receiving accolades left and right of late as the most prized broodmare in all the land. That honor may be well deserved for the 2008 broodmare of the year, but on the other hand, there may be another mare in the Bluegrass with even a bigger claim to fame. This past week reminds me what a truly great producer the Unbridled mare Oatsee has proven to be. The 15-year-old chestnut mare enjoyed yet another stakes win yesterday when her five-year-old daughter, Afleeting Lady (Afleet Alex) romped home to an easy win in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

 

It marked the biggest win of her twenty race career, but came as no surprise. Afleeting Lady is a mare on a roll, with three authoritative stakes wins, at three different tracks, in her last three starts. For her dam, Oatsee, (right) it was just business as usual. Six days earlier, her promising three-year-old son, Stephanoatsee (A.P. Indy) may not have returned a winner in Grade 3 Discovery, but his third place finish continued a trend upwards for the colt who had become a stakes winner in his previous start at Delaware Park. Not to be forgotten, of course, is her most recognizable offspring, Shackleford (Forestry). Today’s Grade 1 Clark Handicap offers the 2011 Preakness and 2012 Met Mile winner one last chance to add to an already impressive career. Whether or not Shackleford (above) can win today, Oatsee is having an even better season than last year when she was named Broodmare of the Year.

 

Oatsee, out of the Lear Fan mare, With Every Wish, was only a decent runner, but has produced far more talent than she ever demonstrated on the racetrack. She finished her racing career 2-for-21, with earnings of $106,945, and was stakes placed in three seasons of competition. Purchased as a broodmare in January of 2006, Oatsee quickly paid dividends to her owners.

 

Later that summer, her second foal, Baghdaria (Royal Academy) won several stakes including the Indiana and Iowa Oaks, and her third foal, Lady Joanne (Orientate) finished the year off with a grade 2 victory in the Golden Rod Stakes. Lady Joanne would go on to become a grade 1 winner the following year with a big win in the prestigious Alabama Stakes. In the span of two years, the value of the young broodmare skyrocketed.

 

Oatsee was purchased by Leonard Reggio’s My Meadowview Farm for $1,550,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and now with the class displayed by her three current runners, that price tag would seem to be a bargain. Look for more to come soon from the great broodmare, Oatsee. She has an unraced juvenile colt by Johannesburg, named Dare Me, currently residing in the Graham Motion barn, and has a weanling filly by Indian Charlie.

 

No disrespect intended to Vertigineux, but it’s hard to imagine a better broodmare in America right now than the Unbridled mare, Oatsee. 

 

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Older Comments about The Legend of Oatsee Grows...

Oatsee is going to be bred to FRANKEL in 2013!
Still needs to catch up to Urban sea, but she has time to do it.
That is going to be one expensive foal
She is so special <3
People forget just how good Lady Joanne really was. The quintet of her, Shackleford, Afleeting Lady, Baghdaria, and Stephanoatsee rivals the production of any current broodmare in the nation. I believe only Better Than Honour has had as much overall quality among active mares.
Okey-dokey for Oatsee! Lady Joanne earned just shy of $1 million with an 11: 6-2-2 record.
Never mind thought they both were out of Oatsee
No mention of the Green Monkey?

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.