Miesque, the first two-time winner of a Breeders’ Cup race and the dam of major sire Kingmambo, died Thursday at age 27 as a pensioned broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky.
The 1999 Racing Hall of Fame inductee had been boarded in Kentucky since she retired from racing in 1988 following her second Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) victory.
Bred in Kentucky by the Niarchos family and based in France during her racing career, Miesque garnered the Eclipse Award as champion turf female in both 1987 and 1988 in recognition of her dominant consecutive wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. She won by 3 ½ lengths in 1987 at Hollywood Park and by four lengths in 1988 at Churchill Downs.
The margins were the two largest in the history of the Mile until Miesque’s Approval, by Kingmambo’s full brother Miesque’s Son, scored by four lengths in 2006 at Churchill.