11/24/2012 2:08PM

Oatsee, the dam of Shackleford, heading to England for mating with Frankel

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Oatsee’s 5-year-old Afleet Alex mare Afleeting Lady wins the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, who saw two of her foals win graded stakes races in as many days over the holiday weekend, will be among the mares in unbeaten champion Frankel’s first book next spring.

The 15-year-old Unbridled mare is currently undergoing a 30-day quarantine and mandatory tests prior to her planned trip to England. The quarantine is taking place at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., where she is boarded for owner Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview Farm.

“We will only send her if everything is 100 percent right,” said bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, who purchased the mare for My Meadowview in 2008. “But everything seems to be going fine so far.”

Should all go well, Oatsee, who is currently in foal to Bernardini, is expected to ship to England before the year’s end. She will produce her Bernardini foal in Europe before being bred to Frankel, and Collins said the mare “more than likely” will return to Kentucky to produce the resulting offspring.

Two-time reigning Cartier European Horse of the Year Frankel, who raced as a homebred for Juddmonte Farms, won the Group 1 Champion Stakes in October, his 10th career Group 1 score, to retire unbeaten in 14 starts. The 4-year-old Galileo colt will enter stud at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in England for a fee of approximately $198,000 next year.

“I think he’s a very exceptional horse, obviously,” Collins said. “He’s one of the best horses that’s been seen probably ever. She’s produced stakes winners by five different stallions, so I think it probably makes sense to send her to the best young sire in the world.”

Oatsee, a stakes-placed runner out of the Lear Fan mare With Every Wish, is the dam of six winners, including five stakes winners, from seven foals to race. The most well known of her foals is 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford. The 4-year-old by Forestry also captured this year’s Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile and concluded his career with a win in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs, pushing his bankroll past $3 million.

One day prior to Shackleford’s Clark victory, Oatsee’s 5-year-old Afleet Alex mare Afleeting Lady scored her third stakes victory of 2012 in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs. It was her third stakes victory, and second graded victory, of 2012.

Oatsee also is the dam of Lady Joanne, a four-time graded winner whose biggest win came in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes in 2007; multiple Grade 3 winner Baghdaria; and Stephanoatsee, winner of this year’s Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.

Oatsee has an unraced 2-year-old Johannesburg colt, Dare Me, in the barn of trainer Graham Motion and a weanling filly named Play Pretty, from the final crop of Indian Charlie.

Oatsee was purchased for $135,000 by Mike Lauffer and Will Cubbedge’s Belvedere Farm out of the Gainesway consignment at the 2006 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Belvedere sold the mare for $1.55 million to My Meadowview at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Inc. honored Oatsee as its broodmare of the year for 2011.

“She’s obviously a treasure,” Collins said. “She’s a remarkable mare. It is somewhat nerve-wracking to send a mare across the Atlantic to breed – there’s no doubt about that. At the same time, I think it’s almost a dream mating – to send what must be one of the best broodmares in the world to what is, by general consensus, the best racehorse ever seen in Europe.”