01/05/2012 10:53PM

In Memoriam - 2011


A look back at some of the many beloved Thoroughbreds who passed away in 2011.  They will all be missed.

Above:  Aurora (1988 - 2011) - stakes winner, dam of G1 winners Arch and Acoma


Above:  Awad (1990 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Banned (2008 - 2011) - multiple Grade 2 winner


Above:  Bearpath (2006 - 2011) - top turf performer and Pan American H. winner


Above:  Beautiful Pleasure (1995 - 2011) - Eclipse Award champion mare


Above: Brown Bess (1982 - 2011)  - Eclipse Award champion grass female


Above:  Central City (2005 - 2011) - brilliant stakes winner, second in the Breeders' Cup


Above:  Chief Seattle (1997 - 2011) - second in the Breeders' Cup, sire


Above:  Chocolate Candy (2005 - 2011), with the wonderful, much-loved Galen May, who was murdered in August 2010.  Chocolate Candy was a multiple stakes winner.


Above:  Clear Mandate (1992 - 2011) - Grade I winner


Above:  D'Accord (1979 - 2011) - grade 2 winner, sire


Above:  Dancing Spree (1985 - 2011) - Breeders' Cup winner


Above:  Devil May Care (2007 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner


Above:  Fleet Indian (2001 - 2011) - Eclipse Award champion


Above: General Maximus (2007 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner 


Above:  Ghazi (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Giant Moon (2005 - 2011) - stakes winner for four seasons


Above:  Gilded Gem (2006 - 2011) - Grade 3 winner


Above:  Glitterman (1985 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner, sire


Above:  Indian Charlie (1995 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Irrefutable (2006 - 2011) - placed in several stakes


J Cs Pride (2009 - 2011) - stakes winner


Above:  Jade Hunter (1986 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire of Azeri


Above:  Kensei (2006 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner


Above:  Meese Rocks (2005 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner


Above:  Miesque (1984 - 2011) - nine-time champion, champion on three continents, top broodmare (produced Kingmambo and others)


Above:  Najran (1999 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner, world-record holder for the mile, sire


Above:  North of Eden (1983 - 2011) - Bridlewood Farm foundation mare, dam of three Grade I winners including champion Paradise Creek


Above:  Olympio (1988 - 2011) - winner of four Derbies, sire


Above:  Paradise Creek (1989 - 2011) - son of North of Eden (above).  Eclipse Award champion turf horse, sire


Above:  Polish Navy (1984 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Rahy (1985 - 2011) - international stakes winner, top sire


Above:  Regal State (1983 - 2011), the dam of Horse of the Year Pleasantly Perfect, shown with her 2004 filly Gout de Terroir - now the dam of Elusive Kate


Above:  Siberian Summer (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Silver Goblin (1991 - 2011) - Oklahoma's Horse of the Century, 11-time stakes winner


Above:  Stevie Jones (2009 - 2011) - two-year-old son of Smarty Jones, euthanized on December 31, 2011


Above:  Stormello (2004 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


Above:  Strike the Gold (1988 - 2011) - Kentucky Derby winner, sire


Above:  Tejano Run (1992 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner, sire


Above:  Two Punch (1983 - 2011) - stakes winner, leading Midatlantic sire


Above:  Unbridled Jet (1996 - 2011) - multiple stakes placed runner, sire


Above:  West by West (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


Above: Wilderness Song (1988 - 2011) - Canadian champion older mare


Above:  Yankee Victor (1996 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire


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With gratitude and love for my mother, Nancy Clark Thorkildsen (1932 - 2011), who motivated and inspired me more than words could say.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
A special message to Barbara: I'm so sorry to hear your mother passed away in 2011. Your loving tribute to her is beautiful. My condolences to you. You had a special relationship with one another and your tribute showed that. Thank you for sharing your tribute to her with us.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
So many beautiful horses - all great champions. As usual, the photographs were just gorgeous and touching. One of the photographs, the one of Chocolate Candy, told the most beautiful story in it of the love between Chocolate Candy and his handler, and at the same time the caption under it told of the tragedy ahead for his handler, who was a much-loved man. It saddened me to hear of what had happened to him. Love and triumph was in their photograph together. Found out some information I wasn't aware of in Strike The Gold - he was sired by Alydar. He did his sire proud - he won one of the races that Alydar tried so valiantly to win himself. That was nice! And a special "thank you" from me to Tejano Run. You did well, my boy. I will always be grateful. RIP to all of these wonderful, beautiful horses. A job well done by all!!
Patricia DeCaprio More than 1 year ago
Remember so many of them....Godspeed to them all
Tina Hines More than 1 year ago
Barbara, were you around when the great Gloria's Song raced at Belmont? She was from Canada--Stronach's great race mare and great broodmare. Memories...Tina
Alice Reynolds More than 1 year ago
WOW; this is an amazing tribute that my son Tim would have enjoyed so very much. This world also lost my beautiful Son and my precious Dad in 2011. (Tim on 9/26 & Daddy on 11/8) My Tim "Tiznow" Reynolds was such an admirer of these beautiful animals as true athletes, and had a DRF hat that was even taken to the Breeders Cup by a dear friend, in his memory. He would have loved this tribute and would have been honored to share it as I am now, in his place. Please know that I extend my deepest sympathy, in the loss of your dear Mother. That picture portrays what a beautiful soul she must have been! sending many prayers~Alice >
Jeanne Mirabito More than 1 year ago
Incredible tribute...all those souls forever remembered and beautifully captured. I am especially touched by the last photo...of your Mom. She was absolutely beautiful.
Alisa More than 1 year ago
Behind every great woman, is another great woman! Thank you for sharing your memories of your mother, and her influence! I am very sorry for your loss! I know she must be beaming with pride at everything you do! I know I am in awe of your work, and thank you for bringing so much greatness into our homes with your powerful photos!
dg More than 1 year ago
Sometime, there are no words, only tears.
Lizzie More than 1 year ago
Thank you for sharing the album of thees beautiful animals. I too have lost my Mother, and in 20 years it still is felt. Her legacy is you, and I think you do her proud. Keep caring, it's what you do.
Nancy Petrillo More than 1 year ago
Hi Barbara, Thank you for sharing the lovely picture of your mother. How lucky you were to have her nurturing and supporting your interests. What a marvelous success you have achieved with your great eye for photographing the most beautiful being on the planet - the Horse! Thank you for the spectacular photographic Memoriam of those who have left us. Some were much, much too young to go. So many unknowns have left us as well. They ask for so little and give so much to us unworthy humans. My heart broke when Devil May Care died. I had seen her race at Belmont. She was lovely, had a winners attitude that was priceless. I was happy to see the wonderful pictures of D'Accord. He looked so handsome and full of life. I'm glad I saw him face-to-face in 2009. He was such a big guy and quite handsome in his old age. Each and every one of them was so gorgeous and brave.