Strawberry Silk Dies
Top racemare, producer died May 14.
May 14, 2017
Ruidoso Downs Press Release
David and Susan Mackie’s champion and champion-producer Strawberry Silk, 30, died peacefully early Sunday morning in her stall at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
David was told that Strawberry Silk was checked at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and was sleeping after eating all of her food. She was checked again at 3:30 and had died. There were no signs of struggle.
Racing for Jacqueline Spencer, Strawberry Silk was honored as the 1989 champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly after she started 11 times for trainer Jack Brooks and earned $1,235,166.
A daughter of the Thoroughbred Beduino, Strawberry Silk won nine races with two second-place runs. Her victory in the All American Futurity (G1) capped her championship year, which also included a Grade 1 win in the Sun Country Futurity. She was second in the Grade 1 Kansas and Rainbow futurities. She would retired with a career record of 17-11-3-0 $1,266,263.
A study, according to Mackie, showed that Strawberry Silk was the highest money earning mare that had produced four graded stakes winners. Her graded stakes winners are champion Stoli, Whathaveigottado, Rousing Encore and Pappasito.
She has produced 24 starters from 27 foals that have earned $880,592.
Stoli raced to Grade 1 wins in the West Texas Futurity and the All American Derby and he was the sport's champion 3-year-old and 3-year-old colt in 2001. He is the sire of world champion and All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner, All American Derby winner Dont Let Down and two-time champion Ketel Won.
Strawberry Silk’s family produces at the highest level. Hez Our Boy, a qualifier to the $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on June 3, is a son of Strawberry Silk’s daughter Strawberry Cartel.
Strawberry Silk was one of the rarest of horses. All she did was everything asked of her for three decades. She is an inductee into the Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame.
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