Sired by the tough American grass champion T. V. Lark from the Ponder mare Twice Over, whose dam Twosy was a multiple stakes-winning full sister to two-time American champion Two Lea and the good stakes mare Miz Clementine, Miss Carmie was a stakes winner at 2 but did not race afterward, when her pedigree suggested that she should have shown improving form. It was in the paddocks where she secured her place in Thoroughbred history, producing 1974 American champion 3-year-old filly and National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame member Chris Evert, an important broodmare in her own right with champion and Grade/Group 1-winning descendants in Australia, Chile, England, France, Peru, South Africa, the United States, and Uruguay. Miss Carmie also produced stakes winner All Rainbows (by Bold Hour), dam of Winning Colors (by Caro), second dam of 2003 Japan Cup (JPN-G1) winner Tap Dance City, and third dam of Gran Premio General San Martín (ARG-G1) winner Tiger Feet.
As a producer of broodmares, Miss Carmie was a rare treasure, for no less than seven of her daughters became graded or Group stakes producers. Among them is Charmie Carmie, a 1979 daughter of Lyphard. While she was a non-winner, she was not entirely devoid of talent, placing second or third in nine of her 17 starts. Nonetheless, she was far below the racing standard of All Rainbows, much less Chris Evert.
Charmie Carmie produced 16 named foals by a variety of high-class racehorses, though not all turned out to be good sires. Fifteen of her foals raced, but only seven managed to win. The best performer among her runners was Faaz (by Fappiano), who won the 1994 Premio Jockey Club del Perú (PER-G1) and was that year’s Peruvian champion imported older male.
Charmie Carmie was not nearly so prolific a dam of good broodmares as her own dam, but she still came up with two stakes producers. The first, the winner Himmah (by the excellent broodmare sire Habitat), produced multiple English listed stakes winner Hiwaya (by Doyoun) and is the second dam of Group 1-placed Grade 3 winner Hallowed Dream (by Alhaarth). The second, the winner Sundae Girl (by Nijinsky II’s good sire son Green Dancer), produced Group 2-placed English listed stakes winner High Heeled Sneakers (by Dansili), who in turn is the dam of Sweet Lady and of English listed stakes winner Toujours l’Amour (by Authorized).
As Sweet Lady enjoys soft going, it seems likely that the daughter of Lope de Vega will be allowed to take her chance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (FR-G1), a race often affected by wet fall weather. She will be going up against some formidable opposition, though her task will be made easier by the near-certain absence of pro tem European Horse of the Year Baaeed, who will most likely conclude his career in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (ENG-G1) at Newmarket. Still, she has proven her liking for both the distance and the course, and with the credentials she has already earned, she is sure to get more than a fair chance to extend Miss Carmie’s family further into the 21st century.