02/06/2007 12:00AM

Laminitis claims Mom's Command, 25


Mom's Command, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1985, was euthanized last Saturday at Runnymede Farm in North Hampton, N.H., due to laminitis, according to Lori Devenport, the co-manager of Runnymede. Mom's Command was 25.

Mom's Command, who earned her championship with a sweep of the so-called filly triple crown series in New York, had been boarded at Runnymede since 2004 as the property of her breeder, Peter Fuller, whose daughter, Abigail, rode the filly in 14 of her 16 career races. Her breeding years behind her, Mom's Command lived a life of leisure over her last three years, Devenport said.

"She was turned out in a field with all our other horses," Devenport said. "It was so good to have her here. She wasn't nearly as headstrong here as she was on the racetrack. She was a sweetie. She was pretty laid back."

During her championship campaign, Mom's Command won four Grade 1 races, including the three races of the filly triple crown: the Acorn Stakes, the Mother Goose Stakes, and the Coaching Club American Oaks, all run at Belmont Park. Only eight horses have won all three races. Mom's Command also won the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga in 1985.

As a 2-year-old in 1984, she won the Grade 1 Selima Stakes at Laurel. For all her Grade 1 wins but the Selima Stakes, Abigail Fuller was aboard, giving the jockey the distinction of becoming the first woman rider to win that many Grade 1 stakes.

Mom's Command's career ended in September 1985 when she sustained a minor injury while training at Belmont. Her career record stood at 11 wins from 16 starts, with 2 second-place finishes and 1 third-place finish, and earnings of $902,972.

During her career, Mom's Command had a reputation as a stubborn but energetic horse. She defeated virtually every major contender from a talented crop of fillies, including Lady's Secret, Outstandingly, and Fran's Valentine. All of her 16 starts were in stakes races, including her maiden win in the Faneuil Miss Stakes at Rockingham Park on July 17, 1984. She won at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/2 miles.

Mom's Command was a daughter of Top Command out of the Pia Star mare Star Mommy. She was trained by Ned Allard.

During a relatively undistinguished career as a broodmare in Kentucky considering her racing career, Mom's Command had 15 foals. Ten of those went on to be winners, and one was a stakes winner.