07/18/2008 12:00AM

Grade 1 winner Tomisue's Delight dies


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two-time Grade 1 winner Tomisue’s Delight, a full sister to 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft and the dam of stakes-placed Save Big Money, was euthanized on Wednesday due to complications from colic surgery, according to a release issued Friday by Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. The A. P. Indy mare was 14.

Bred by Lane’s End owner William S. Farish in partnership with James Elkins and W. T. Webber Jr., Tomisue’s Delight was a daughter of 2003 Broodmare of the Year Prospectors Delite. She sold to Stephen Hilbert for $575,000 at the 1995 Keeneland July yearling sale, and Hilbert named her in honor of his wife, Tomisue. The filly went on to win the 1997 Ruffian Handicap and the 1998 Personal Ensign Handicap, as well as the Grade 3 Falls City Handicap in 1998. She also was runner-up in six other Grade 1 races. She finished second in the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Beldame and third in the Mother Goose, Go for Wand, and Alabama.

She closed out her career with a lifetime record of seven wins from 20 starts, five seconds, four thirds, and earnings of $1,207,537.

Save Big Money, a foal of 2003, is her first stakes performer so far. The Storm Cat horse finished second in Keeneland’s Fort Harrod Stakes this year and was third in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial at Fair Grounds last season. He also set a track record at Keeneland last spring when he won a 1 3/16-mile allowance in 1:56.09.

Hilbert Thoroughbreds and John Menard’s Menard Thoroughbreds owned Tomisue’s Delight at her death. She has a yearling Storm Cat filly and a 2008 Distorted Humor colt foaled in May.

Tomisue’s Delight will be buried at the Lane’s End cemetery.