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Five-time Grade 1 winner Beautiful Pleasure dies

THE five-time Grade 1 winner and former champion race fillyBeautiful Pleasure (Maudlin-Beautiful Bid (Baldski)) died in August. She had been battling laminitis since producing a colt by Medaglia D'Oro in February.

"She was afforded the ultimate care from veterinarians and Fawn Leap Farm personnel, but her decline was progressing toward an imminent end and it was only humane to end her suffering," owner John Oxley said in a statement.

Bred by Farnsworth Farm, Beautiful Pleasure was purchased for $480,000 out of the 1997 Keeneland April Sale. Trained by John Ward, Beautiful Pleasure won the Grade 1 Matron Stakes as a juvenile in 1997. She ran only three times at three, but turned in a championship season in 1999, winning three Grade 1 events before being named champion older mare.

In 2000, she added victories in the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap, the Grade 1Hempstead Handicap and a second win in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign to her cv.

On the board in 17 of 25 starts, Beautiful Pleasure won 10 times and earned $2,734,078.

She produced Dr. Pleasure (Thunder Gulch), who finished third in the 2006 Grade 1 Travers Staskes In addition to her Medaglia D'Oro weanling, she has a two-year-old colt by Street Cry and a yearling colt by Bernardini.




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