Edited Darby Dan release:
Oatsee, the 2011 Broodmare of the Year, gave birth to a filly from the first crop of champion Frankel early Thursday at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.
Bred by My Meadowview LLC, the chestnut filly was born around 3:30 am sporting a big white blaze on her head, and she represents one of the few American-based foals born to date by the popular undefeated European champion Frankel.
“Oatsee has made her mark as one of the very finest producers in the world, and her mating to a stallion like Frankel, who carries the highest of reputations, had us all eager of the foal’s arrival,” said Robert Hammond, Darby Dan general manager. “You always feel like you’re going to get a special individual out of her any way, and this filly was everything we hoped for and more. I’m happy to report that mom and foal are doing fantastic.”
A 17-year-old daughter of Unbridled, Oatsee is most notably the dam of three-time Grade I winner Shackleford, hero of the 2011 Preakness winner who is currently standing his second season at stud at Darby Dan.
Oatsee has also produced multiple top-class fillies including Grade I winner Lady Joanne, winner of the 2007 Grade I Alabama, Grade II winner Afleeting Lady, and multiple Grade III winner Baghdaria. Oatsee’s current runners include the stakes winner and Grade II-placed horse, Stephanoatsee, who is also a My Meadowview homebred by A.P. Indy.
To date, Oatsee has had eight runners at the track, including the five aforementioned graded stakes horses, and her offspring have won 12 graded stakes and earned over $5.6 million combined.
Frankel stood his first season in 2013 after retiring as one of the most accomplished racehorses of all time. A perfect 14-for-14, Frankel won nine straight Group I races in Europe and was rated by Timeform and the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings, among others, as the best racehorse ever assessed. By leading sire Galileo, Frankel was the European Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012, as well as champion 2-year-old colt in 2010, champion 3-year-old colt in 2011, and champion older horse in 2012.
Oatsee, who hails from the Lear Fan mare With Every Wish, will be bred back to WinStar Farm stallion Distorted Humor in 2014.