04/15/2014 10:41AM

Grade 1 winner, producer My Flag dies at Claiborne

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner My Flag died due to foaling complications after delivering a healthy Bernardini colt last Saturday.

My Flag, a Grade 1 winner and dam of champion Storm Flag Flying, was euthanized due to complications from foaling after producing a healthy Bernardini colt on April 12. The Easy Goer mare was 21.

A standout member of the Phipps family breeding program out of unbeaten champion Personal Ensign, My Flag won six of 20 starts during her racing career for earnings of $1,557,057. Owned by Ogden Phipps and trained by Shug McGaughey, My Flag was a five-time graded stakes winner, taking the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Coaching Club American Oaks, Ashland Stakes, and Gazelle Handicap, as well as the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes. Her 3-year-old campaign also included a third-place finish to Editor’s Note in the 1996 Belmont Stakes.

My Flag was retired to Claiborne Farm to begin her broodmare career at the end of her 4-year-old season. Her first two matings were to Storm Cat, first producing Grade 3-placed On Parade, and then Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, who followed her dam in winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, earning an Eclipse Award for that season.

In total, My Flag produced five winners from seven foals to race, also including stakes winner With Flying Colors and stakes-placed Leading the Parade, both by A.P. Indy.

The most successful producer out of My Flag has been On Parade, who four foals to race have all been winners, including Grade 2 winner and Claiborne sire Parading and Grade 2-placed Protesting.

My Flag was a half sister to Grade 1 winners Miner's Mark and Traditionally, Grade 1-placed Our Emblem, Grade 2-placed Salute, and Grade 3-placed Proud and True.

My Flag has been buried at Claiborne Farm.