04/22/2014 12:40PM

Hall of Famer Safely Kept dead at 28

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Safely Kept, with her final foal, an Empire Maker filly, in June 2010.

Champion sprinter Safely Kept has been euthanized at Burleson Farms near Midway, Ky., due to the infirmities of old age. The Horatius mare, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, was 28. Her death was reported by Blood-Horse.

Safely Kept won 24 of 31 starts for Richard Santulli and Barry Weisbord and trainer Alan Goldberg, earning $2,194,206. Her record included 22 stakes victories.

She earned the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding sprinter in 1989, when she won the Grade 1 Test Stakes, Grade 2 Prioress Stakes, and Grade 2 Genuine Risk Stakes – her first of three consecutive wins in the latter. Her only loss that season was a runner-up effort by a neck to Dancing Spree in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

In 1990, Safely Kept won seven stakes races, and concluded the season with a memorable victory over Dayjur in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park.

Safely Kept's résumé included three consecutive victories in the Grade 3 Garden State Park Breeders' Cup Handicap; three straight wins in the State of Maryland Distaff Handicap; two wins in the Grade 3 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Handicap; and a win in the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.

As a broodmare, Safely Kept produced eight winners from as many starters, highlighted by stakes winners Peace Chant and Contrast, who were both graded stakes-placed. She was also the dam of stakes producers Safe Return and Alinechka.

Bred in Maryland by David and JoAnn Hayden’s Dark Hollow Farm, Safely Kept was a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and sire Partner's Hero, stakes-placed Safe At the Plate, and multiple stakes producers Slide and Safe Salute. It is the family of current Kentucky Derby contender Vinceremos.

DavidR More than 1 year ago
Saw her run at Garden State-I remember Alan Goldberg bringing her to the paddock before the Budweiser Breeders Cup Sprint, and commented as she passed by "the lady is a champ". She stopped dead in her tracks, turned to me as I was standing on the track apron seemingly to thank me for the compliment. What a magnificent animal!
Angie Murray More than 1 year ago
Had the opportunity to take care of her for 11 years. Great mare!
Wendy Parrish More than 1 year ago
Sleep well sweet girl.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Watched her win the now defunct Finger Lakes Budweiser Breeders Cup in 1990. RIP lovely lady.
Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
The sad part is that Finger Lakes can afford to bring races like that back, but they are more focused on profits from the slots, and could care less about the racing anymore.
B More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan and remember her two awesome performances in the BC Sprint well. Glad she got to live a long life.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Great filly.....Blessed with natural speed....RIP Safely Kept....
Hail No More than 1 year ago
What a remarkable Champion Mare. If you saw her in person, you couldn't take your eyes off of her. RIP, Sweet Girl..
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Brings back great memories :-)
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
I'll never forget when she came back to nail Dayjur @ Belmont in the BC sprint when the latter jumped the shadows in deep stretch. Was a world class sprinter. RIP.
mikey More than 1 year ago
As fast as they came RIP a real race horse.Not like what's running today.