Havre de Grace, Plum Pretty have first foals

Whisper Hill Farm’s Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, and 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty both produced their first foals at Timber Town Farm near Lexington.  According to Wayne Sweezey, who owns Timber Town with his wife Cathy, both foalings went smoothly.

Havre de Grace produced a filly by Tapit just after midnight on February 7.  Plum Pretty had foaled the night before, producing a colt by Distorted Humor on February 6.

“Both foals were large, and I’m happy to say that they are both beautifully made,” said Sweezey, “The mares foaled without any problems, and owner  Mandy Pope is over the moon.”

Pope, who operates under the name Whisper Hill Farm, purchased Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty as broodmare prospects in November of 2011.  Winner of three Grade I races, including the Woodward Stakes over males, Havre de Grace was bought for $10 million at Fasig-Tipton.  Meanwhile, two-time Grade I winner Plum Pretty was purchased at Keeneland for $4.2 million.

According to Sweezey, Pope had been in Lexington this past week.  She spent three nights at the barn and was able to be on hand when three of her mares foaled.  While she had hoped to be present for both berths, she missed both events as she had returned to Florida for Groupie Doll’s race in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes.

Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty will both be bred to War Front this year.