Monday, March 21, 2016

Personal Ensign "Just Perfect"

Their are so many great horses that I have enjoyed to see race. During my time working at the racetrack. It is very hard to select all the special race horses. That I would enjoy to remember and honor on my blog.  I do have to write about the great race mare "Personal Ensign". Who was the consummate champion in every detail! For Personal Ensign never lost a race in her brief 13 race career. Her career was cut short by a serious injury she endured as a two year old. Personal Ensign suffered a cracked pastern in her left hind leg. Dr. Bramlage inserted five screws in her left hind leg. Which put the rest of her racing career in jeopardy.

However Personal Ensign came back the following year in 1987 an also raced in 1988 and won all seven of her races. Which were all grade one Stake Races. Including beating males in the Whitney Handicap in Saratoga. Also Personal Ensign ended her spectacular career in dramatic style. Getting up in the final strides of the Breeders Cup Distaff. Beating Kentucky Derby winner "Winning Colors". What an an emotional win that was by Personal Ensign. I remember at the 1/8 pole. It looked like Winning Colors had Personal Ensign and her regular jockey Randy Romero beat. But like true champions they both were. Personal Ensign mounted a comeback from her great heart. And gave all horse racing fans a thrill we will never ever forget!

SirePrivate Account
DamGrecian Banner
DamsireHoist The Flag
FoaledApril 27, 1984
CountryUnited States
BreederOgden Phipps
OwnerOgden Phipps
TrainerClaude R. McGaughey III
Major wins
Frizette Stakes (1986)
Beldame Stakes (1987, 1988)
Rare Perfume Stakes (1987)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1988)
Whitney Handicap (1988)
Hempstead Handicap (1988)
Shuvee Handicap (1988)
Molly Pitcher Handicap (1988)
Maskette Handicap (1988)
U.S. Champion Older Female (1988)
Kentucky Broodmare of the Year (1996)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1993)
#48 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga Race Course

- Maiden Special Weight - The 1988 Beldame (G1)

The Whitney Handicap (G1)

1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff

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