03/18/2016 11:06AM

Catching up with Plum Pretty


Plum Pretty will be honored with a race in her name Sunday at Sunland Park – and for good reason. She was the most impressive winner of the Sunland Oaks, coasting by 25 lengths in the track’s major event for 3-year-old fillies. She subsequently won the Kentucky Oaks and added the following year’s Apple Blossom Handicap, retiring with nine stakes wins or placings and earnings of more than $1.6 million.

The namesake of the Plum Pretty Stakes is now well into her new career as a broodmare in Kentucky. The mare produced her first foal, the Distorted Humor colt Plum Amazing, in 2014 at Timber Town. He was offered at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale but was a $725,000 buyback after arriving late on the sale grounds due to a foot bruise.

“Of course I’m a little bit disappointed not to sell Plum Pretty’s colt, but I think he’s a gorgeous animal, so I’m fine to keep him,” Pope said.

Plum Pretty produced a filly by War Front in the spring of 2015 and was bred back to the popular commercial stallion for this year.