Dark Mirage ?
I agree, Christy. She was a lovely mare, who like so many of our beloved Thoroughbreds, was euthanized after developing laminitis following an injury.
Avalyn, I'm also a student of pedigree, and I appreciate your research and insight. Although not "sexy", I wish that we could develop a soundness index based on the sires and dams whose get are the most durable and injury-free. There was some research on this concept a few years ago, but that seemed unproductive. So many times before, I've heard that the sport is in danger. There is discussion on needed improvements, a few changes are made, but the underlying issues remain. I love Thoroughbreds, and am completing a master's in anthrozoology on racing fans' attitudes and humane solutions in Thoroughbred retirement. This is one area that is improving, but I hope that after the darkness at Santa Anita, all sides will work together to make the sport safer for both horses and humans.
Keep up the good work! I love your background stories of my Derby favorites. Have you done a story on Code of Honor?
I'm glad you've been enjoying the site, Diane. I'm not sure how a reliable soundness index could be developed since there are so many factors that go into developing and maintaining a sound horse, but it would certainly be a worthwhile goal. I haven't done a post on Code of Honor so far, but we'll see how the upcoming Derby preps pan out.
Christy, you are 100 percent right that Dark Mirage meets all the criteria. There's another filly in the site's pages who does too, and she's a bit further back in time. Can you sleuth her out?
Rose of Sharon came to mind. I had to google what year, 1929 dies of shipping fever. Won Illinois Oaks, Kentucky Oaks, Latonia Oaks, Ashland Oaks
Great job, Christy!
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan.