05/27/2011 3:12PM

Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty: Welcome to the Hall of Fame!

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Please excuse the down time for this blog (which results in a not so timely Hall of Fame blog!). New features were being added to DRF.com and it wasn't possible to add photos correctly. I think we're good to go again....  

A heartfelt congratulations to three incredibly talented fillies on their long overdue entry into the Hall of Fame! (Congratulations also to the deserving trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, of course). The remarkable equine trio consists of Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty.  

Open Mind (ch. m. 1986 - 1998, by Deputy Minister - Stage Luck, by Stage Door Johnny).  Bred by Due Process Stable in New Jersey, owned by Eugene Klein and trained by D. Wayne Lukas.  Record: 19-12-2-2  $1,844,372.

Winner of two Grade Is at age 2, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Wayne Lukas trained the top 3 finishers).  Champion 2-year-old filly of 1988.  Among Open Mind's wins at 3 were the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, Acorn Stakes, Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.  Won 10 consecutive stakes. Filly Triple Crown winner.  Champion 3-year-old filly of 1989.

Safely Kept (b. m. 1986, by Horatius - Safely Home, by Winning Hit).  Bred by David and JoAnn Hayden in Maryland, Safely Kept was trained by Alan Goldberg for owners Jayeff B Stable and Barry Weisbord (first three starts were for Dark Hollow Farm).   Safely Kept's record:  31-24-2-3, $2,194,206.  

At 2, Safely Kept's biggest win was the Playpen S.  At 3, won 8 stakes (four graded) including the G1 Test.  Ran 2nd that year in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.  Won 7 stakes at 4 (five graded), including the G1 Breeders' Cup Sprint over Dayjur (at odds of 12-1).  Won 5 stakes at age 5 (three graded).  Won carrying 130 pounds (Distaff H./Pimlico). Odds-on favorite 26 times. Champion sprinter of 1989.

The only one of the three new Hall of Fame horses still alive, Safely Kept is a pampered pensioner, 25, at Lyn Burleson's Burleson Farms near Midway, Kentucky.

Sky Beauty (b. m. 1990 - 2004, by Blushing Groom - Maplejinsky, by Nijinsky II).  Bred by Sugar Maple Farm and trained by H. Allen Jerkens for Georgia Hoffman.  Record: 21-15-2-2, $1,336,000. Odds-on in 17 starts.  9-time Grade I winner.

Finished first in two Grade Is as a juvenile (DQed in Spinaway). G1 wins at 3:  Acorn, Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.  G1 wins at 4: Ruffian, Shuvee, Hempstead and Go For Wand.  Won carrying 130 pounds (G1 Ruffian/Belmont).  Filly Triple Crown winner 1993.  Champion older female 1994.

Please click on the View Slideshow link above to see photos of these great new Hall of Famers.