Anna MacPherson Dies

The California-based owner passed away on Monday.

Press release

California-based owner Anna MacPherson died on Monday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Quarter Horse owner Anna MacPherson, wife of longtime owner and PCQHRA board member Rod MacPherson, passed away on Monday.

Involved as a Quarter Horse owner since the early 2000s, Anna MacPherson campaigned horses under her name as well as with her husband, Rod.

“Last night God chose to take our mom and first love,” posted Anna's daughter, DeAnna Breen on her mom’s Facebook page on Tuesday. “It's difficult to accept, but she has a new body now and I'm sure she is dancing around up there in HIS presence. She will always be in our hearts and now she is our beautiful little angel. She loved, and was loved. Thank you all for your prayers and kind words. They have meant so much to us.”

Anna raced current juvenile star AJS Anna Smoke, who competed in Sunday’s $1.1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity, and she also raced Dashin BK, winner of the 2009 Super Bowl Handicap. Other runners she campaigned under her name were Man Of Mine, finalist to the 2011 Governor’s Cup Derby; AJS Annas Secret, third in both the California Breeders Debutante and Tustin Handicap in 2015 and finalist to that year’s La Primera Del Ano Derby; Tac Out, third in the 2012 Junos Request Handicap and 2013 California Breeders Matron Stakes; and Annas Babe, fifth in the 2013 Matron Stakes and third in the Lanty’s Jet Handicap in 2013. Her horses won 62 races from 440 starts and earned $577,375 since 2004.

In partnership with her husband, the MacPhersons won 78 races from 499 starts for earnings of $684,202 since May of ’04. Their top runner during that span was Babe On The Fly, a finalist to the Los Alamitos Super Derby, PCQHRA Breeders Derby, and Southern California Derby in 2004. After her racing career was complete, Babe On The Fly produced the homebred Hawk On The Fly, a top qualifier to the 2009 El Primero del Ano Derby. The mare would later produce stakes winner Carne Vino, Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and Grade 1 All American Gold Cup winner Rock You, a winner of $790,325, and Little Talk, winner of last year’s Golden State Million Futurity and $461,870.

The MacPhersons also raced Bouncer, winner of the 2014 California Breeders Freshman Stakes, stakes winner Classic Sassy Chic, 2014 Governor’s Cup Derby finalist First Rodeo, 2015 Kindergarten Futurity finalist Big Time Wild, and Ask Anna, a trial winner to this year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity and a participant in Sunday’s Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile.

Anna MacPherson was also a member of the Los Alamitos Division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America in the early 2000s.

Funeral services for Anna MacPherson will be held at Green Hills Mortuary at 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 877-981-7755.

The memorial service will be held on Monday, June 27th at noon, burial will follow thereafter. Anna requested that attendees to her funeral services wear white clothing.

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