Each week, I will be offering a pedigree for open consideration by those who ponder the bloodlines of our game and great performers.
Today, champion Silverbulletday (b.m. 1996, by Silver Deputy x Rokeby Rose, by Tom Rolfe) was announced as one of this year’s selections to join the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
Silverbulletday won 15 of 23 career starts, earned $3,093,207, was champion 2-year-old filly of 1998, and repeated as champion 3-year-old filly in 1999.
A once-beaten 2-year-old whose six victories included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Silverbulletday did not lose again until she challenged the colts in the Belmont Stakes won by Lemon Drop Kid from Vision and Verse and Charismatic. The filly faded to seventh.
Mike Pegram raced and still owns Silverbulletday, and Bob Baffert, who trained the mare, also was elected to the Hall of Fame for 2009. Their champion racemare currently is in foal to Elusive Quality, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones and 2009 Florida Derby winner Quality Road.
Silverbulletday won some of the premier races for fillies, including the Alcibiades, BC Juvenile Fillies, Ashland, Kentucky Oaks, Alabama, and Gazelle. She is the best racer by the wonderful sire Silver Deputy (now pensioned) and is notably the best racer by her dam Rokeby Rose (also the mare’s only stakes winner from 14 foals).
Silverbulletday produced a colt by A.P. Indy in 2002 named Tice, who proved a useful animal. Since then she has had four successive fillies by Storm Cat, Vindication (twice), and Elusive Quality. The results of Silverbulletday’s years as a producer are still largely an unknown quantity, but her quality and resolve as a racehorse are unquestioned.
What fortuitous chain of events led to the production of this champion racemare, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer?