|Damsire||Chili Pepper Pie|
|Record||19 Starts: 19 – 0 - 0|
|Peppers Pride is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Pepper by Desert God. She was born around 2003 in USA, and was bred by Joe Allen.|
New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (2005)|
Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (2005)
New Mexico Cup Championship Fillies Stakes (2006)
La Senora Handicap (2006)
La Coneja Handicap (2006)
Sydney Valentini Handicap (2007, 2008)
New Mexico Cup Fillies and Mares Championship Stakes (2006, 2007, 2008)
Lincoln Handicap (2007)
New Mexico Racing Commission Handicap (2007, 2008)
Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap for New Mexico breds (2008)
|Overachiever of the Year 2008 Insider Award|
New Mexico-Bred Champion Older Mare (2007 & 2008) |
One of only 5 Thoroughbred racehorses to win 16 consecutive races
The only modern Thoroughbred racehorse to win 19 consecutive races in North America
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on December 16, 2008|
She was by Desert God, by Fappiano, his dam, Blush With Pride, was the dam of Better Than Honour, the broodmare who sold for $14 million dollars at Fasig-Tipton in early November, 2008. Peppers Pride's dam is the Chili Pepper Pie mare Lady Pepper who placed in the 1990 Bluebonnet Stakes. Peppers Pride was her last foal. Joe Allen purchased Desert God from the University of Arizona.
Peppers Pride raced only in her birth state, New Mexico, always against New Mexico breds, and was ridden by the same jockey, Carlos Madeira, in every one of her 19 races. Beginning in July 2005, trained by Joel Marr, Pepper’s Pride won races from five and a half furlongs to one mile in length, twelve times in stakes company. Peppers Pride first showed her worth at two, making a four-wide rally on the turn to win the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile Fillies.
At the age of five, Peppers Pride tied the Thoroughbreds Citation, Cigar, Mister Frisky, and Hallowed Dreams (and a paint horse, Got Country Grip), winning 16 consecutive North American races. On October 4, 2008, she entered the record books as the only race horse to win 17 consecutive North American races, while tying the modern-day international mark of Hong Kong-based Silent Witness. On November 8, 2008 she eclipsed Silent Witness' record with 18 consecutive wins, then extended the mark to 19 on December 14, 2008.
It should be noted that several Thoroughbreds from other countries have won more consecutive races, the record being 56 by Camarero, who raced in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. Also, several Standardbreds (harness racing) have won more consecutive races, led by Carty Nagle's 41 in 1937-1938.
The owner/breeder of Peppers Pride, Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas, said: “"We know that this filly is not Citation or Cigar. We haven't been the ones to compare her to those horses. We're just glad to have her."
She was nearly beaten in 2006 running in a prep allowance race when she got up by only a nose after a late run, but went on to win that year's New Mexico Cup Championship for Fillies by a length as the 11-10 favorite.
Called the “Queen of New Mexico Racing,” Peppers Pride was expected to try for her seventeenth win on July 27th, 2008 in the $55,000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs, thereby beating the modern standing record. The Lincoln Handicap is a restricted six furlong race which the mare won in 2007 by one and three-quarters lengths. Pepper's Pride would have been the 127-pound top weight, carrying at least 11 pounds more than any other horse entered. July 27th was her owner's 62nd birthday. But the track was inundated with rain from Hurricane Dolly just before the date. In a six-furlong allowance race at Zia Park on October 4, 2008, she succeeded in her attempt to set the record for consecutive wins. Bringing out a capacity crowd, her record over the Hobbs oval at Zia is now seven-for-seven. After this, Peppers Pride was pointed yet again to the New Mexico Cup Championship for Fillies and Mares. On the November 9, 2008 New Mexico Cup Day (with its $2 million in purses making that program the richest day for any state-bred racing program), she exceeded by 2 races the highest number of consecutive wins by any American Thoroughbred. Racing four wide, she made her move under Madeira in the final turn of the one-mile event, was then pressed by the pacesetter, La Sorpressa, but held her off by one length in a time of 1:38.20.
December 14, 2008, Peppers Pride gave 7 to 12 pounds against a quality field in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap. By winning this race in a display of outstanding ability she extended her record to 19 straight races.
Allen announced he had retired his mare on January 16, 2009. "She’s smart, and you can rate her; you can really do anything with her,” Allen said. “She just seems like she wants to win. She’s a wonderful mare. We would love to retire her undefeated, but more than anything else, we want to retire her sound; she’s been so good to us. We’ve had a little criticism for not running her in open company and not running her in this or that and all this other stuff. But Joel Marr said it best, ‘If it’s so easy, I’m surprised there haven’t been 100 of them like her.’”
Peppers Pride won the horseraceinsider.com award for Overachiever of the Year 2008 Insider Award: To the history making little New Mexico-bred filly that could, Peppers Pride.
Peppers Pride was, as of May 2009, in foal to Tiznow who stands at Winstar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky  but lost the foal. On March 27, 2010 she was bred to Distorted Humor, also standing at WinStar.