Alittlebitearly, dam of 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern, died at Helen Alexander's Middlebrook Farm in Lexington, Ky., after producing a healthy filly by champion juvenile and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.
Alittlebitearly was bred by Alexander in partnership with her mother Helen Groves and sister Dorothy Matz.
The 18-year-old mare produced five foals to race, all of them winners, including Bayern. A son of the Middlebrook-raised and -sold stallion Offlee Wild, Bayern earned nearly $4.5 million over two seasons, winning or placing in eight graded stakes. In addition to his victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Bayern won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes, the G2 Woody Stephens Stakes, and he set a track record winning the G2 Pennsylvania Derby.
Alittlebitearly was a daughter of the Alydar mare Aquilegia, who was a mutliple graded stakes winner for owner/co-breeder Groves and a full sister to Champion Althea. She produced three stakes winners, including major stakes producer Amelia, and was a daughter of foundation mare and Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee.
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