Record breaking SA mare dies
The Team Valor mare Secret Heart, the first South African bred mare to produce a Breeders Cup winner, died over the weekend at Denali Stud in Kentucky.
The cause of death for the 15 year old mare has not yet been determined.
A daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood, Secret Heart was in foal to the multiple Gr1 winner Point Of Entry (Dynaformer) at the time of her death.
Secret Heart, who was out of champion London News’ full sister Secret Pact, was a classy racemare, who more than lived up her illustrious pedigree.
The big bay won five races, including the now Gr3 Prix du Cap, and was third in the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas (to Perfect Promise) and third in the Gr1 Paddock Stakes (to Crimson Palace).
However, it was at stud in North America that Secret Heart made her mark. Her 2008 colt, by More Than Ready, was named Pluck – and he went on to win the Gr2 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, making his dam, in the process, the first, and, to date, only South African bred mare to breed a Breeders Cup winner.
Pluck is currently standing at stud in Australia where he is based at the Vinery Stud.
Secret Heart, whose relatives also include Varsfontein Stud’s exciting new stallion Master Of My Fate and the latter’s champion dam Promisefrommyheart, also produced the talented filly Three Hearts (Hat Trick), who was third in the Gr3 Virginia Oaks.