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Over at Boojum’s Bonanza, there’s another good post, this one on champion filly Tosmah (1961, bay by Tim Tam x Cosmah, by Cosmic Bomb). Tosmah was a first-rate competitor, and she earned championships at 2 and 3. In 1964, she was named both champion 3yo filly and champion handicap mare (for defeating the best older mares in the Beldame). Tosmah raced through age 5 and won 23 of 39 starts, with six seconds and two thirds, earning $612,588. The mare was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Her class and courage will live on in the record books and in the appreciation of those who watched her race. But only through those avenues.

And as we consider the matings likely for champions Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, it is worth recalling that sometimes splendid racemares do not reproduce much of their excellence.

In the case of Tosmah, she certainly had one of the strangest careers of any champion sent to stud.

The fast, high-class performer with the stellar pedigree was raced and owned by Anthony Imbesi, who bred her to a couple of the most obscure stallions imaginable … presumably because they were important to him.

Barren in 1968, Tosmah produced four foals consecutively thereafter. The mare’s first two foals were by the moderate stakes winner Convex (1962 by Vertex x Crisis III, by Hyperion). The colt Major Duomo, a foal 1969, had one second in two starts, and the filly Santa Vittoria, born in 1970, won three of 15 starts, earning $22,790.

Tosmah’s third foal was her best. La Guidecca, born in 1971, won the New Jersey Futurity and two more of her 24 starts. La Guidecca was by the most puzzling of Tosmah’s mates, the winner Royal I.J. (1960 by Royal Charger x Lump Sugar, by Bull Lea), who was a half-brother to the high-class 2yo and useful sire Restless Wind.

Tosmah’s fourth foal was born in 1972. Suprema was a bay filly by international champion Ribot, and this would appear to be the kind of mating that at least had some rational hope of important success. Suprema, however, never raced and died as a 4yo.

Tosmah never produced another live foal, and without the complement of first-class sires for her two surviving daughters, the mare’s offspring did nothing to strengthen this branch of the Almahmoud family. Instead, Cosmah’s daughters Queen Sucree (Ribot), Perfecta (Swaps), and Royal Match (Turn-to) carried on with mates like Bold Bidder, Vaguely Noble, Northern Dancer, and Buckpasser.