Chester House: one of four Grade 1 winners produced by ToussaudPICTURE: MARTIN LYNCH
Juddmonte matriarch Toussaud dies aged 20
TOUSSAUD, a lynchpin of Khalid Abdullah's broodmare band, was put down on Monday due to declining health. The daughter of El Gran Senor, who had been retired from stud duties two years ago, was 20 years old.
She produced four individual Group/Grade 1 winners in a remarkable broodmare career at Juddmonte's American arm in Lexington, Kentucky. They were Chester House and Empire Maker, who both sired Grade 1 winners themselves, Honest Lady and Chiselling.
Bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte, Toussaud began her racing career in Great Britain, where she was trained by John Gosden. She won three races at three, including the Criterion Stakes, before being transferred to Bobby Frankel's stables inthe US.
She made a big impression stateside, confirming herself one of the best turf fillies of her generation with four wins at four, including a comfortable victory in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap.
Toussaud made an immediate impact at stud, with Arlington Million winner Chester House her first foal. A son of Mr. Prospector, Chester House carved out an impressive stallion record at Juddmonte's US base but died young, aged only eight, in 2003. He is the sire of lastyear's Grade 1 winners Ventura and Divine Park, as well as the Group 1-placed Phoenix Tower and Breeders' Cup Marathon hero Muhannak.
Empire Maker, who thwarted Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid by winning the Belmont Stakes in 2003, was also retired to Juddmonte Farms in Lexington. He has sired Grade 1 winner Country Star and has a leading fancy for this year's US Classics in CashCall Futurity winner Pioneerof The Nile.
Honest Lady won the Santa Monica Handicap in 2000, and has already gone some way in emulating her dam in the breeding shed. She produced last year's Grade 1 winner First Defence, who begins his stud career at Juddmonte in the US this year.
Chiselling won the Secretariat Stakes in 2002. Altogether Toussaud produced six winners from 10 foals of racing age.
Juddmonte said in a press release: "She was obviously a great broodmare but she was an even more special character with a very unique personality. Though amazingly stubborn at times, she was never seen to pin her ears or intentionally harm anyone or anything.
"She had a very kind yet powerfully strong and resilient nature that lives on in the competitive juices of the offspring of Chester House, Empire Maker and her daughter Honest Lady."