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Sky Beauty

Sky Beauty
Sire Blushing Groom
Dam Maplejinksy
Damsire Nijinsky II
Gender Mare
Foaled 1990
Country USA
Color Bay
Breeder Susan & Howard Kaskel
Owner Georgia E. Hofmann
Trainer H. Allen Jerkens
Record 21: 15-2-2
Earnings $1,336,000
Summary
Sky Beauty is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Maplejinksy by Blushing Groom. She was born around 1990 in the USA, and was bred by Susan & Howard Kaskel.
Major wins
Matron Stakes (1992)
Adirondack Stakes (1992)
Acorn Stakes (1993)
Mother Goose Stakes (1993)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1993)
Alabama Stakes (1993)
Rare Perfume Stakes (1993)
Ruffian Handicap (1994)
Shuvee Handicap (1994)
Hempstead Handicap (1994)
Go For Wand Handicap (1994)
Vagrancy Handicap (1994, 1995)
Awards
8th U.S. Filly Triple Crown Champion (1993)
U.S. Champion Older Female Horse (1994)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 23, 2006


Sky Beauty (1990-2004) was a thoroughbred horse who won the 1993 Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing. As of 2009, she was the last filly to win this title.

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Background

Georgia E. Hofmann, who owned Wycombe House Stud, bought Sky Beauty for $355,000 at the 1991 Saratoga yearling sale from her breeders, Howard and Susan Kaskel of Sugar Maple Farm. The acquisition served as a sort of homecoming because Hofmann and her late husband, Philip, had bred Sky Beauty's dam, Maplejinsky (by Nijinsky II). Maplejinsky was sold to the Kaskels for $750,000 and was then trained by Philip G. Johnson. She scored her biggest win in the 1988 Alabama Stakes for Susan Kaskel. When bred to Blushing Groom (a French stallion by Red God out of Runaway Bride), the Kaskels produced Sky Beauty. The Hofmanns, who bought the daughter of the filly they had sold to the Kaskels, had earlier bred not only Maplejinksy but had bred and raced Maplejinsky's dam, homebred Gold Beauty, the 1982 winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Sprint Horse.

Triple Tiara

Now owned by the breeders of her dam and her grand-dam, Sky Beauty was trained by the "Giant Killer," H. Allen Jerkens. As a 2-year-old, she won the Grade I Matron Stakes and the Grade II Adirondack Stakes. She finished first in the Grade I Spinaway Stakes, but was disqualified and placed third. In 1993-94, the filly dominated the New York distaff scene as a 3- and 4-year-old. She won 10 graded stakes races, eight of which were Grade I events. She took the three Grade I races that made up the former Triple Tiara—the Acorn Stakes and Mother Goose Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks. As well as these, she won the Grade I Alabama Stakes and the Grade II Rare Perfume Stakes. Sky Beauty seemed destined for a 3-year-old championship, but lost out to Hollywood Wildcat after that filly clinched it with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Racetrack.

Sky Beauty's 4-year-old season proved equally spectacular. She won the Go For Wand Handicap, the Ruffian Handicap, the Shuvee Handicap, and Hempstead Handicap, all Grade I races, plus the Grade III Vagrancy Handicap. She failed to live up to expectations in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, running unplaced, but had accomplished enough to be voted the 1994 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Female Horse.

At five, she again won the Vagrancy, and placed in the Shuvee.

As a broodmare

Sky Beauty was retired in 1995 with a record of 15 wins and earnings of $1,336,000.

Sky Beauty produced her first three foals for Georgia Hofmann. Then, through Taylor Made Farms, she was sold (in foal to Gone West) for $2,850,000 to John Magnier of Coolmore Stud at the 1999 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Sky Beauty produced five named foals, three of which were winners. Her two youngest offspring, a yearling and a weanling, are unnamed colts by Storm Cat. Three of Sky Beauty's offspring fetched high prices: two yearlings selling for $1.2 million and $500,000, and a weanling for $800,000.

The mare was euthanized on July 2 at Creekview Farm near Paris, Kentucky due to complications from laminitis. The 14-year-old racing mare initially suffered from founder after delivering her seventh foal on May 28th, a colt by leading sire Storm Cat. Dermot Ryan, manager at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, confirmed Sky Beauty's death on July 2, 2004.

Sky Beauty has been nominated several times to the Racing Hall of Fame, including in the year of her death.

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