09/25/2002 11:00PM

Flawlessly dead at 14


Flawlessly, two-time champion turf mare, died on Thursday morning at Elmwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., from natural causes, according to officials of the farm. She was 14.

Flawlessly, who won nine Grade 1 stakes in her five-year racing career, had suffered from kidney problems recently. She had been admitted to a veterinary clinic earlier in the week but was returned to Elmwood on Wednesday night, officials said.

During her championship campaigns in 1992 an 1993, Flawlessly ran 10 times, with nine starts in Grade 1 races, winning six and finishing second three times. Her only off-the-board finish in those two years was in the Breeders' Cup Mile against male horses.

Clearly best at 1 1/8 miles, she frequently raced from just off the pace, using a quick burst of speed at the top of the stretch to pass and distance herself from her rivals. She retired in 1994 with 16 wins in 28 starts and $2,572,536 in earnings.

Richard Dutrow trained her as a 2-year-old, but she was given to Charlie Whittingham at the start of her 3-year-old campaign. Whittingham immediately put Flawlessly on the turf, and she finished her 3-year-old year with five wins from six starts, culminating with a victory in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes. Flawlessly won the Matriarch the next two years as well.

Flawlessly was raced by her breeders, Lou and Patrice Wolfson. Flawlessly's father, the Triple Crown winner Affirmed, was also bred and raced by the Wolfsons.

Flawlessly, out of La Confidence, never had much success as a broodmare. She had only two foals, in her first two years after retiring. The first, Flawlessness, by Storm Cat, won once out of nine starts. The other was unraced.