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Shenanigans (horse)

Sire Native Dancer
Dam Bold Irish
Grandsire Polynesian
Damsire Fighting Fox
Gender Mare
Foaled 1963
Country United States
Color Grey
Breeder Stuart & Barbara Janney
Owner Stuart & Barbara Janney
Record 22:3-1-6
Earnings $18,120
Shenanigans is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Bold Irish by Native Dancer. She was born around 1963 in the United States, and was bred by Stuart & Barbara Janney.
Broodmare of the Year (1975)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 5, 2009

Shenanigans was an American thoroughbred mare born in Kentucky; sired by Native Dancer and out of the Locust Hill foundation mare, Bold Irish. Janney once recalled, "Shenanigans was meant to be a good mare, she had speed and she was second to Miss Spin in the Maryland Futurity, but she developed a little calcium in a knee. She raced a little bit at three, but we decided she wasn't going to be able to win a stakes, so we stopped with her." The Janneys considered sending her to Bold Ruler for her first season but she was sent to Knightly Manner instead, but failed to conceive. The next breeding was with Neartic. This resulted in Icecapade, who was a successful stakes racer and sire. In 1970, Shenanigans foaled another gray (this time by Bold Ruler), a filly named Laughter who like her mother excelled in the breeding shed when she beget horses like Private Terms but was at best mediocre on the track. In 1971 she was breed to a son of Bold Ruler, Bold Lad, which resulted in a colt, On To Glory who was a winner but not a stakes performer. He did however produce a couple graded stakes winners while at stud.

In 1972, Shenanigans foaled her most famous and best progeny; a brown filly by Reviewer named Ruffian. This tall, almost jet black filly destroyed track and stakes records while burying her opponents in defeat after defeat for two seasons before she horrifically broke down in a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure. Unfortunately, many claim that Ruffian’s tragic end was a produced of her breeding. Her sire (Reviewer) had also broke down four different times during the course of his life. Three times while racing and the last time accrued in a paddock accident where he re-broke a fracture he sustained a few weeks earlier in a previous barn accident. Her dam sire, Native Dancer, along with her grandsire, Bold Ruler, where both notorious for their weak bones. After Ruffian, Shenanigans had two more foals, another stakes winner and sire in 1974 called Buckfinder by Buckpasser and one more winner in 1977 named Near East, by Damascus.

On May 21, 1977 Shenanigans befell a fate similar to her daughter’s when she awoke from anesthesia after intestinal surgery and (like Ruffian) began to thrash wildly; she broke two of her legs. Sadly Shenanigans could not endure another surgery and had to be put down. Despite whatever weak genes she might have carried, Shenanigans had a marvelous producing record that outperforms all major and historical stallions along with most other broodmares. She attained a 100% winner rate an a 50% graded stakes winner rate during her years at stud. Even though she foaled several noteworthy offspring that excelled both on the track and in the breeding shed, she will forever be remembered as the dam of the great Ruffian.

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