11/25/2005 12:00AM

Adorned traces to matriarch

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The legendary Windfields Farm has a much different role in racing and breeding in the 21st century than it did decades ago, but E.P. Taylor's prized Thoroughbred bloodlines still run strong.

Adorned, who represents seven generations of Windfields breeding, tracing back to Taylor's 1932 mare Nandi, is the morning-line favorite to be named the outstanding broodmare at the 31st Sovereign Awards on Dec. 16.

The broodmare award is presented to a mare who has had a Canadian-bred stakes winner in the current year as well as a previous year.

Adorned's fleet daughter Nashinda, a double stakes winner this spring, and the 1998 Queen's Plate winner, Archers Bay, give the mare the edge over the other contenders, who include Big Bux Babe, Native Rights, and My Sweet Country.

Adorned could have been nominated for a Sovereign in 2003, when Nashinda won the My Dear Stakes as a 2-year-old, but the mare did not make the final three nominations.

Nandi was one of the first members of Taylor's Cosgrave Stables, claimed at Pimlico by trainer Bert Alexandra.

Nandi not only produced Taylor's first top horse, Windfields, but, when she was 21 years old foaled Nandina, a stakes-placed Bull Page filly who became the granddam of Chilly, a top Canadian broodmare by Nearctic who produced three stakes winners, including Impressive Lady.

Impressive Lady is the dam of graded stakes winner Imperial Colony, who raced for Kinghaven Farms, plus stakes winners Impressive Prince and Supertam. Impressive Lady also produced Caucasienne, who won 3 of 5 starts and is the dam of Adorned.

By former Windfields stallion Val de l'Orne, Adorned won the 1992 Maple Leaf Stakes at Greenwood racetrack for Windfields. She won 5 of 23 starts and retired with earnings of $203,695.

For Windfields, Adorned produced two living foals by Silver Deputy. Her second offspring was Archers Bay, who won the Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes for Eugene Melnyk and Bill Bristow. Windfields sold Adorned to George Strawbridge's Augustin Stable at the 1996 Keeneland November sale for $350,000 in foal to Bold Ruckus.

That offspring never raced, but for Strawbridge, Adorned produced Nashinda (by Silver Deputy) and minor stakes winner Foregone, who is now a stallion in Florida.

Adorned has a 2-year-old filly in training with Mac Benson named Celebrate and is in foal to Smart Strike.

Other contenders led by Big Bux Babe

Big Bux Babe, a daughter of Briartic, has been an excellent producer since she was retired in 1992 after an unplaced racing career.

The mare has had seven foals to race, with six winners, including this year's multiple stakes winner Mister Coop. The mare's previous stakes winners included track-record-setter Great Defender and Prince of Style.

Native Rights was nominated for top broodmare last year and has produced graded stakes winners Prized Stamp and Classic Stamp.

My Sweet Country is the dam of top Alberta runner Deputy Country, a winner of 10 stakes races, plus 1997 stakes winner Patriot Love.

Mister Coop and Classic Stamp will be under consideration for Sovereign Awards next month. Mister Coop is one of the top sprinters on the year, and Classic Stamp is a possible nominee for top turf mare.