10/15/2013 2:24PM

Wide Country, stakes winner and broodmare, dies in Delaware


Pensioned broodmare and multiple stakes winner Wide Country died Oct. 9 at the farm where she lived out her retirement in Middletown, Del. The Magesterial mare was 25.

A Maryland-bred bred campaigned by Thomas Tanner, Wide Country won 12 of 26 starts, earning $819,728. That included a streak of eight consecutive stakes victories from the fall of her juvenile campaign in 1990 through the following spring.

Wide Country’s run was highlighted by scores in the Grade 3 Pimlico Oaks and Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. The streak ended when Wide Country was beaten a half-length in the Pearl Necklace Stakes in her first start after the Black-Eyed Susan; she rebounded to win the Twixt Stakes in her next outing.

In all, Wide Country won 11 stakes races, all in Maryland, and placed in eight other stakes, including a third in the Grade 1 Go For Wand Stakes at Belmont Park.

As a broodmare, Wide Country produced four winners from seven foals to start.