When Winter Memories won the Grade 3 $150,000 Miss
Grillo (G3) by 5 1/4 lengths on October 3 at Belmont Park, the powerful
gray filly gave the impression she will be very hard to defeat this
fall in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Turf.
At Darby Dan Farm, owner John Phillips and his staff felt more than
just excitement at the prospects of the talented 2-year-old. A sense of
deep satisfaction, accomplishment and continuity pervaded the Lexington
farm, founded in 1906 as Idle Hour Stock Farm by the famed Col. Edward
R. Bradley and purchased by Phillips’ grandfather, John W. Galbreath,
Winter Memories descends from a female family that has produced
top-class runners at Darby Dan for nearly 50 years, a line of genes
that survived the tumultuous upheaval that shook the squirely world of
American thoroughbred breeding and thrust it into the volatile
high-stakes environment of commercial sales.