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For other uses, see Bessarabia (disambiguation).
Sire Vice Regent
Dam Tete de Linotte
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Turn-To
Gender Filly
Foaled 1982
Country Canada
Color Bay
Breeder Welcome Farm
Owner Eaton Hall Farm
Trainer Michael J. Doyle
Record 37: 18-5-4
Earnings $1,032,640
Bessarabian is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Tete de Linotte by Vice Regent. She was born around 1982 in Canada, and was bred by Welcome Farm.
Major wins
Gardenia Stakes (1984)
Ontario Debutante Stakes (1984)
Mazarine Stakes (1984)
Selene Stakes (1985)
Lady Angela Stakes (1985)
Ontario Colleen Handicap (1985)
Hibiscus Stakes (1985)
Woodbine Breeders' Cup Stakes (1986)
Ontario Matron Stakes (1986)
Seaway Stakes (1986)
Canadian Stakes (1986)
Tattling Handicap (1986)
Canadian Champion Older Female Horse (1986)
Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bessarabian (foaled 1982 in Pennsylvania) is a Canadian Champion Thoroughbred Filly racehorse. Owned by Thor Eaton's Eaton Hall Farm, the Eaton family member entrusted her race conditioning to Mike Doyle. The millionaire granddaughter of Northern Dancer, Bessarabian raced in Canada and the United States. She won eighteen of her thirty-seven starts and was voted the 1986 Sovereign Award for Champion Older Female Horse.

As a two-year-old, Bessarabian had an outstanding season and was sent off as the parimutuel betting favorite in the 1984 inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies held that year at Hollywood Park Racetrack. However, coming out of the first turn of the race, longshot Fran's Valentine veered wide and knocked another horse off stride and into Bessarabian who never recovered and finished fifth. Fran's Valentine won the race but was disqualified and the win awarded to runner-up, Outstandingly.

Retired to broodmare duty, Bessarabian produced four foals, the most successful of which in racing was probably Dagda, a stakes-winning gelding born in 1992 sired by Alysheba.



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