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Soaring Softly

Soaring Softly
Sire Kris S.
Dam Wings of Grace
Grandsire Roberto
Damsire Key to the Mint
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1995
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Phillips Racing Partnership
Owner Galbreath/Phillips Racing Partnership
Trainer James J. Toner
Record 16: 9-1-3
Earnings US$1,270,433
Soaring Softly is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Wings of Grace by Kris S.. He was born around 1995 in the United States, and was bred by Phillips Racing Partnership.
Major wins

Vineland Handicap (1999)
Sheepshead Bay Handicap (1999)
New York Handicap (1999)
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1999)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (1999)
American Champion Female Turf Horse (1999)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Soaring Softly (foaled 1995 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. She was bred and raced by Joan Phillips and her son John of the renowned Darby Dan Farm. Sired by Darby Dan's outstanding stallion, Kris S., a son of the Darby Dan European star grass racer, Roberto. Her dam was the farm's own mare, Wings of Grace, who was a daughter of the 1972 American Champion 3-Year-Old Colt, Key to the Mint.


At age two

Soaring Softly was conditioned for racing by Jimmy Toner. She made her racing debut at age two on October 18, 1997 with a third-place finish in a seven furlong event for maidens on the dirt track at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. She won her second and final start of the year in a one mile event for maidens at Aqueduct Racetrack on November 11th.

At age three

Soaring Softly made six starts at age three, winning her first outing on April 24, 1998 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. She then returned to Belmont Park for the June 7th Grade 1 Acorn Stakes in which she finished fourth behind winner Jersey Girl before running sixth in the June 27 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, again won by Jersey Girl. Soaring Softly did not start again until November when she returned to competing in allowance races at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning two third-place finishes in mile events. In her final start of 1998, on December 5th Soaring Softly ran second in a mile and a sixteenth allowance race.

At age four, a Champion on turf

Wintered in Florida, after having won just one minor race in six starts on dirt in 1998, Soaring Softly's handlers made the decision to test her on the turf course at Gulfstream Park. The result was instant success that ended with a Championship year. Soaring Softly won her first five starts before finishing fifth in the Diana Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in early September. Then, under new jockey Jerry Bailey, she won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont Park, notably defeating runnerup Coretta. She capped off the year with her seventh win in eight starts, gaining a second straight victory over runnerup Coretta in the mile and three-eighths Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, hosted that year by Gulfstream Park. [1] Voted the 1999 American Champion Female Turf Horse, after developing a tissue strain that would have required therapy and a lengthy recovery, on January 1, 2000 a notice of Soaring Softly's retirement from racing was announced. [2]

As a broodmare, Soaring Softly was bred to top class stallions such as Storm Cat, Gone West, Seeking The Gold and Distorted Humor. She produced seven foals between 2001 and 2007, none of which have met with much success in racing.



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