Chief Bearhart: Breeders' Cup Turf winner was one of five stakes runners out of Canadian Broodmare of the Year Amelia Bearhart
Champion producer Amelia Bearhart dead
STAKES producer Amelia Bearhart, dam of dual Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, died on Thursday at Maynard Farm in Kentucky at the age of 27.
Amelia Bearhart was named the Canadian Broodmare of the Year in 1996, the same year in which her 1993 colt, Chief Bearhart, captured champion Canadian grass horse honours. The son of Chief's Crown improved again with age, taking the Group 1 Canadian International and Breeders' Cup Turf in 1997, and the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap in 1998. He was crowned Canada's Horse of the Year in both years.
Chief Bearhart has sired two Group 1 winners to date from his base at the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan while Amelia Bearhart's other Grade 1 winner, the Explodentcolt Explosive Red, sired Peruvian champion La Mistica when under the ownership of Adena Springs.
Amelia Bearhart's other 13 foals included Listed winner Ruby Ransom, herself the dam of Lancashire Oaks heroine Sacred Song, and the stakes-placed pair Memorized and Sundown Serenade.
Her penultimate foal, the unplaced Storm Cat colt Heart Of The Storm, is about to embark on his second season at Sparks View Farm in Kentucky.
Bred and raced by Spendthrift Farm, Amelia Bearhart won once at two and ran third in a Listed handicap at Canterbury Down. She was produced out of a winning Ribot half-sister to Mr Prospector.