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Mom's Command

Mom's Command
Sire Top Command
Dam Star Mommy
Grandsire Bold Ruler
Damsire Pia Star
Gender Filly
Foaled 1982
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Ryemeadow Farms
Owner Peter Fuller
Trainer Edward T. "Ned" Allard
Record 16: 11–2–1
Earnings $902,972
Summary
Mom's Command is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Star Mommy by Top Command. She was born around 1982 in the United States, and was bred by Ryemeadow Farms.
Major wins
Selima Stakes (1984)
Astarita Stakes (1984)
Priscilla Stakes (1984)
Faneuil Miss Stakes (1984)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1985)
Acorn Stakes (1985)
Mother Goose Stakes (1985)
Alabama Stakes (1985)
Comely Stakes (1985)
Cherry Blossom Handicap (1985)
Flirtation Stakes (1985)
Awards
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1985)
6th winner of New York's Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing (1985)
New England Horse of the Year (1985)
Honors
Inducted into the racing wing of the New England Sports Hall of Fame (Summer, 2006)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2007)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on Februuary 13, 2010

Mom's Command (1982-2007), was a multiple Grade I winning American Thoroughbred race horse. Her breeder and owner was Peter Fuller of Ryemeadow Farms in Kentucky, the son of a former governor of Massachusetts. Fuller, who had once been a champion boxer and wrestler at Harvard, bred his mare, Star Mommy, to the stallion Top Command by Bold Ruler hoping to produce a foal who combined speed and stamina. The result was Mom's Command.

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A close family

The bright chestnut filly was trained by New Jersey born Ned Allard, whose father was a professor at New York’s Juilliard School of Music. She was ridden in all but two of her races by Peter Fuller’s daughter, Abigail Fuller. Abby Fuller, at only 26 years of age, became the first woman jockey to ride the winner of a Triple Crown event, and also the first to sweep a Triple Crown.

Racing Days

Mom's Command won 11 of her 16 starts, and every race she ever ran in was a stakes event.

She won her first race, the ungraded Faneuil Miss Stakes, in July 1984 at New Hampshire’s Rockingham Park, going off at 44-1 odds. After winning the Faneuil Miss, she appeared in the Grade II Astarita at Belmont Park, breaking five lengths behind the field, then coming from 10th place in a ten horse race to win. She took the Grade I Selima Goose by five and a half lengths.

Three of her seven starts as a two-year-old had interesting footnotes: "steadied at start," "poor start" and "off poorly,” yet she won four of those races.

At the age of three, Mom's Command dominated her competition. Racing nine times, she won seven of her starts, all of them in high quality events against high quality company. In the Test Stakes, she came second to another star of the track, Lady's Secret, but under conditions that still have experts debating who was the real winner of that race. (See external links, Hall of Fame Testimonial.) But she won the races that constitute New York’s Triple Crown for Fillies: the Coaching Club American Oaks by two and a half lengths, the Acorn Stakes, and the Mother Goose Stakes.

She followed this up by a nineteen-length win in the Flirtation Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and a second to a very fast filly called Clocks Secret in the Goldfinch at Garden State Park. In the Goldfinch, she raced on a “dead rail” almost the whole distance. A dead rail is deep mud on the rail. She then came back to take the Cherry Blossom Handicap at Garden State and the Comely Stakes at Belmont Park. The horse who came third in the Comely was Clocks Secret, six lengths behind Mom's Command. Eleven lengths back was Lady’s Secret.

And then she won the Grade I Alabama Stakes, leading all the way, and beating the superb Fran’s Valentine by four lengths. Fran's Valentine had been the betting favorite since she'd won six times in seven starts and her jockey was Chris McCarron, but Mom's Command was "ridden out," meaning before the finish line she was a winner, and no more effort was needed.

In 1985, Mom's Command won the Eclipse Award as American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

She was the sixth horse to win the New York Filly Triple Crown. The five who came before her were Dark Mirage in 1968, Shuvee in 1969, Chris Evert in 1974, Ruffian in 1975, and Davona Dale in 1979. Beside Mom’s Command, only Shuvee also took the prestigious Alabama Stakes. The Alabama is the filly counterpart of the Grade I Travers Stakes.

Every filly who ever beat Mom's Command was then beaten by Mom's Command, including Lady's Secret. She also won at distances ranging from five furlongs to one and a half miles.

Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. once said to Peter Fuller: "I love Mom's Command and I love your daughter Abby, but I'm sick of looking at both of their rear ends."

Mom's Command was retired on September 29, 1985, when she wrenched an ankle while training for the Rare Perfume Stakes at Belmont Park. Her career earnings at this point were $902,972.

Mom’s Command retired

In the breeding shed at Peter Fuller’s Runnymede Stables in North Hampton, New Hampshire Mom's Command did not reproduce herself, but she did drop one stakes winner, Jonesboro.

On February 3, 2007, at the age of 25, due to the infirmities of old age, she was quietly euthanized at Runnymede Farm. She is buried there.

Mom's Command was inducted into the racing wing of the New England Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2006. She was elected to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2007.

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