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Was doing a spot of research and had a question to pose. Who would be the best mares never to produce a stakes winner?

There’s no question that being a top-flight racehorse is not the same as being a top-flight broodmare, but overall, the best racemares outproduce everything else.

That said, some of the really grand ones just don’t get it done.

I came up with a trio who all won championships and would be called “great” or “real damned good,” depending on who you asked. They are all grays too, for whatever that’s worth.

Horse of the Year Lady’s Secret, Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, and champion filly Christmas Past did not produce a stakes winner. Winning Colors did produce two runners who were stakes-placed (Golden Colors and Ocean Colors), and I believe one of the early foals out of Lady’s Secret won a stakes in Japan that doesn’t qualify for international black type.

Any thoughts about why such a trio of top racemares would have less-than-expected success as broodmares?

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