05/05/2004 12:00AM

Chic Shirine, broodmare, dead

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Chic Shirine, Grade 1 winner and dam of Grade 2 winner Tara Roma, died May 3 from complications of colic surgery. A Mr. Prospector mare, she was 20 and had been boarded at Helen Alexander's Middlebrook Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Chic Shirine was a daughter of the foundation mare Too Chic, who died at age 24 last August, and continued the influence of one of the great King Ranch families.

As a homebred racing for Emory Hamilton, Chic Shirine won the 1987 Ashland Stakes and Hail Hilarious Stakes and placed in the Mother Goose and Acorn Stakes. She earned $237,944.

A full sister to the 1991 champion older mare and Grade 1 producer Queena, Chic Shirine also proved a successful broodmare. Her first daughter, the Lyphard filly Tara Roma, won the Grade 2 Ladies Handicap and has produced a pair of graded stakes winners, Serra Lake and Cappuchino. Chic Shirine also is the dam of Grade 2 winner Waldoboro.

Chic Shirine, who foaled a Giant's Causeway filly in April, has been buried at Middlebrook Farm next to Too Chic.