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Maskette

Maskette
Sire Disguise
Dam Biturica
Grandsire Domino
Damsire Hamburg
Gender Filly
Foaled 1906
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder James R. Keene
Owner James R. Keene
Trainer James G. Rowe, Sr.
Record 17: 12-3-0
Earnings $77,090
Summary
Maskette is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Biturica by Disguise. She was born around 1906 in the United States, and was bred by James R. Keene.
Major wins
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1908)
Spinaway Stakes (1908)
Matron Stakes (1908)
Alabama Stakes (1909)
Gazelle Handicap (1909)
Ladies Handicap (1909)
Pierrepont Handicap (1909)
Awards
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1909)
Honors
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 2, 2007

Maskette (1906-1930) was an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse who never lost a race against her own sex.

Bred by James R. Keene at his Castleton Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, Maskette was trained by future Hall of Fame inductee, James G. Rowe, Sr. Although Maskette did not begin racing until late in the summer of 1908, the New York based two-year-old was nonetheless the top filly in the U.S. that year. Of her six starts, she finished second once and won the other five including setting a track record for the Saratoga Race Course in winning the Spinaway Stakes, a premier event of the racing season for juvenile fillies.

The Leading filly again at age three, Maskette repeated with five wins and a second in six starts. Of her several major stakes race wins she captured the Pierrepont Handicap against colts. At age four she won two of five starts that included another track record, this time at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Retired to broodmare duty at her owner's Castleton Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, after producing a filly in 1912 Maskette was sold to prominent American owner/breeder William Kissam Vanderbilt who shipped her to his Haras du Quesnay breeding farm near Deauville in Lower Normandy, France. Maskette produced four stakes winners before her death at age twenty-four in 1930.

In 1954, Belmont Park in Elmont, New York honored her memory with the Maskette Stakes, a race for Fillies & Mares 3-years-old & up. In 1992, the race was renamed for its ill-fated 1990 winner, Go For Wand.

In 2001, Maskette was inducted in the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


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