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Sire Nureyev
Dam Pasadoble
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Prove Out
Gender Filly
Foaled 1984
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
Owner Stavros Niarchos
Trainer Francois Boutin
Record 16:12-3-1
Earnings $2,096,517
Miesque is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pasadoble by Nureyev. She was born around 1984 in the United States, and was bred by Flaxman Holdings Ltd..
Major wins
Prix de la Salamandre (1986)
Prix Marcel Boussac (1986)
Prix Imprudence (1987)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1987)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1987)
1,000 Guineas (1987)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1987 & 1988)
Prix d'Ispahan (1988)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1988)
Champion 2 Year Old Filly of France (1986)
Champion 3 Year Old Filly of France (1987)
United Kingdom Champion 3 Year Old Filly (1987)
Champion Miler of France (1987 & 1988)
United Kingdom Champion Miler (1987 & 1988)
United States Champion Turf Horse (1987 & 1988)
French Horse Racing Hall of Fame
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1999)
#82 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack
Prix Miesque at Hippodrome de Maisons-Laffitte
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 24, 2007

Miesque (born March 14, 1984 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States) is a champion thoroughbred filly race horse best known as the first horse to win two Breeders' Cup Championships back-to-back.

She was sired by Nureyev, (by Northern Dancer) from Pasadoble, by Prove Out. Miesque was owned by Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos, and did most of her racing in Europe. Stabled in France and trained by Fran├žois Boutin, Miesque won three of her four races as a two year old, including two Grade 1 Stakes Races and was voted the 1986 Champion Two-year-old filly in France.

Under jockey Freddy Head, at age three Miesque won the 1,000 Guineas in England and the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (the French 1,000 Guineas). Miesque achieved international stardom when she defeated a talented field of mostly male horses in the prestigious 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile, in the process setting a Hollywood Park track record. Her powerful performance earned her the 1987 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Female Turf Horse plus she was named Champion three-year-old Filly and Champion Miler in both France and England.

The following year, Miesque raced only four times, winning three and finishing second once. She returned to the U.S. to defend her Breeders Cup title at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and once again was up against a very strong field of older males including Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice and the Daniel Wildenstein-owned champion, Steinlen. Despite the fierce competition, the filly won the race by four lengths, making her the first ever back-to-back winner in Breeders Cup history. The performance earned her a second straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Female Turf Horse for 1988 and she was again voted France's Champion Miler of the year plus was named that country's Champion Older Mare.

Miesque retired after the 1988 season. Of her sixteen lifetime races, the filly won twelve, finished second three times, and third once. She has been a successful broodmare at the Niarchos farm in Kentucky, producing several stakes winners with sires such as Mr. Prospector. Miesque's offspring include:

  • East of the Moon - Champion 3 year old filly in France.

In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, Miesque was ranked #82. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1999.

The annual Prix Miesque at the Hippodrome in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines and the Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California are held in her honor.

Pedigree of Miesque
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Special Forli Aristophanes
Thong Nantallah
Rough Shod II
Prove Out Graustark Ribot
Flower Bowl
Equal Venture Bold Venture
Santa Quilla Sanctus Fine Top
Neriad Princequillo



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