It was the kind of moment breeders live for—the return to their birthplace of fillies who made significant marks in racing as they prepare for a new life delivering the next generation of racehorses, the hopes for the future.
Runnymede was privileged in early December to welcome back homebred Bizzy Caroline, a multiple graded stakes winner, and Pinch Pie, a stakes winner who placed in the historic Alabama Stakes (G1).
Both four and thus produced from our remarkable foal crop of 2008, Bizzy Caroline and Pinch Pie became good friends while staying at trainer Ken McPeek’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington in a transition period from their racetrack training. Turned out together on their first day back at Runnymede, they galloped with exuberance and then grazed nose to nose.
While racing for Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, Bizzy Caroline won the 2011 Regret Stakes (G3) and the 2012 Mint Julep Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs. She also placed in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill, the Glens Falls Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3) at Keeneland and the Waya Stakes at Saratoga. In her 17-race career, the daughter of Afleet Alex out of our Saint Ballado mare Sacre Coeur earned $347,935 while conditioned by McPeek.
Pinch Pie, a daughter of Victory Gallop out of our late prized Olympio mare Romp and Stomp, was part of our consignment to the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. We sold her for $65,000, which proved a bargain.
Not only did Pinch Pie develop into a statuesque beauty, she earned victory in the 2011 Desert Vixen Stakes at Monmouth Park before finishing third in one of America’s most prestigious races for three-year-old fillies, the Alabama Stakes, which was won by eventual champion Royal Delta.
Trained by Tony Dutrow, Pinch Pie also finished second in the Violet Stakes (G3) at Monmouth and earned a total of $222,439 while racing for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Stuart Grant. When she was consigned to the Fasig-Tipton November sale, we found her irresistible as a future broodmare and purchased her so that she could return to Runnymede and join her half sister, One in a Romp. Their dam was a half sister to Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Volponi.
We can’t wait to see the foals Bizzy Caroline and Pinch Pie produce in their new careers. Breeding plans are now being finalized as we seek stallions that will best suit these two very special fillies.