07/10/2007 12:00AM

Filly crop of 1965 one to remember


LAS VEGAS - When Peeping Fawn won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland on July 1, she became the latest high-class stakes winner descending in tail-female line (dam, dam's dam, etc.) to the remarkable broodmare Best in Show, a foal from the very good 1965 foal crop that included many distinguished fillies who became prominent broodmares.

Best of the fillies from this crop was the pony-like Dark Mirage, who stood shorter than 15 hands and was the first filly to win New York's filly triple crown- the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club American Oaks. Dark Mirage was the runaway champion of her division at 3 but died shortly after her retirement at 4.

This crop also included 2-year-old filly champion Queen of the Stage (a full sister to stakes winner and sire Reviewer) and multiple stakes winners Syrian Sea (a full sister to Secretariat) and Gay Matelda, as well as Miss Swapsco, Obeah, Foggy Note, Wildwook, and Sweet Tooth.

While Queen of the Stage never produced anything near the quality she had, her daughter Center of Stage (by Round Table) was a good broodmare, producing Reason to Act, the dam of stakes winners Hattiesburg and Montreal Marty.

A multiple stakes winner at 2 and stakes-placed at 3, Syrian Sea produced Alada (Riva Ridge), the dam of Super Luna, who in turn, produced Beldame and Gazelle stakes winner Saratoga Dew.

Obeah was a multiple stakes winner and won the Delaware Handicap twice, but it was as a broodmare that she will be remembered. She produced four stakes winners, the best of whom was champion Go for Wand.

Foggy Note was also a multiple stakes winner, and an even better broodmare, producing the stakes winner and stallion Relaunch. Her other notable foals were Moon Glitter (a full sister to Relaunch), who produced Glitterman, Marine Brass, and Ruby Slippers (the dam of champion sprinter Rubiano and Tap Your Heels, who became the dam of the dam of Tapit).

Adirondack Stakes winner Wildwook produced stakes winner Laramie Trail, but her most important foal was Ride the Trails, an unraced daughter of Prince John who also made her mark as a broodmare. Ride the Trails produced stakes winners Mochila, Movin Money, and Ivy Road, and grass champion Cozzene. Another daughter, Mesabi, produced stakes winners Funistrada, Kunjar, and Wakonda.

Of all the fillies from the 1965 foal crop who went on to successful careers as broodmares, however, Miss Swapsco, Sweet Tooth, and Best in Show outshone them all.

Miss Swapsco won the Ashland Stakes, but her contribution to racing was through her daughter Ballade, the dam of U.S. champion and Canadian Horse of the Year Glorious Song (the dam of Rahy and Singspiel), champion Devil's Bag, and stakes winners Saint Ballado and Thaidah.

Sweet Tooth produced three stakes winners - champion Our Mims, Sugar and Spice, and Alydar.

Best in Show won the Comely Stakes. But she became an outstanding broodmare and was named 1982 Broodmare of the Year. Best in Show produced six foals by the successful stallion Sir Ivor, including three colts. Key Player was only a modest winner of 2 races in 4 starts, but Malinowski was an Irish 2-year-old champion, and Gielgud was a Group 2 winner. Her three daughters by Sir Ivor - Monroe, Minnie Hauk, and Show Lady - played a major role in Best in Show's legacy, while Sex Appeal (Buckpasser) and Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom) established their own successful branches of this extraordinary female line.

* Monroe was a Group 3 winner in Ireland who placed in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. She produced English and French champion Xaar, as well as group winners Masterclass, Diese, Ile de Jinsky.

* Stakes-placed Minnie Hauk produced Phoenix Stakes winner Aviance, the dam of stakes winners Denon, Imperfect Circle, and Chimes of Freedom. Imperfect Circle produced champion Spinning World and stakes winner Visions of Clarity. Chimes of Freedom is the dam of champion sprinter and promising freshman sire Aldebaran, and stakes winners Good Journey, Sea of Showers, and Tomisue's Indy.

* Unraced Show Lady is the third dam of Australia's great stallion Redoute's Choice.

* Another unraced daughter, Nijinsky's Best (Nijinsky II), produced Grade 1 winner, Yagli.

* Sex Appeal, an unraced daughter by Buckpasser, produced champion El Gran Senor (Northern Dancer) and his full brothers champion Try My Best and the U.S. sire Compliance (sire of Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar). Sex Appeal's daughters became noted producers as well. Solar is the second dam of stakes winner Strong Hope and Solariat produced stakes winner Sexy Slew. Domedriver, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile, also descends from Sex Appeal.

* Blush With Pride, who won the 1982 Kentucky Oaks, is the dam of stakes winners Smolensk, Turnberry Isle, and Better Than Honour. Better Than Honour won the Demoiselle Stakes, was second in the Acorn and Comley and third in the Mother Goose Stakes. Bred to Seeking the Gold, she produced Belmont Stakes winner Jazil; bred to A.P. Indy, she produced Rags to Riches, the filly who defeated males in this year's Belmont Stakes.

Which brings us back to Peeping Fawn, a 3-year-old filly by Danehill who is the first foal out of Maryinsky. Peeping Fawn is the latest high-class runner descending from Best in Show.

With back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners, Better Than Honour will likely be honored as this year's Broodmare of the Year, emulating her dam, Blush With Pride. But it should be remembered that it all started with Best in Show, who was from that memorable group of fillies born in 1965.