Some of the most celebrated thoroughbreds (and biggest fan favorites) in recent years have all raced under the Stonestreet colors; though many of the fans seem to want to gravitate to the fillies and mares, Ms. Banke has experienced success with both sexes that has become a standard expectation whenever you see their name attached to a runner.
When Songbird retired, there was debate among the community as to who would be the lucky party to purchase one of the most successful mares to ever go through a sales ring. The public had already set their sights, and their hopes, on Mandy Pope; she had purchased Groupie Doll, Havre de Grace, and Plum Pretty in years prior, so would she do it again?
The Fasig-Tipton November sale produced some of the largest fireworks in history when Songbird sold for a healthy $9.5 million and Tepin sold for $8 million not long after her. However, as much as I enjoyed seeing these mares and being witness to their record breaking nights, I fell in love with a different mare. She wasn’t a superstar, she didn’t draw all of the media, but she was one of the most beautiful horses that I had ever seen.