Eclipse winner Beautiful Pleasure euthanized after complications from laminitis

by | 09.01.2011 | 3:24pm

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Champion Beautiful Pleasure produced a colt by champion sire Medaglia d'Oro in February but was plagued for months by complications surrounding chronic laminitis. Campaigned by John C. Oxley the champion mare spent several weeks in the clinic and appeared to be on course for recovery, however progressing laminitis in recent months caused her demise. “She was afforded the ultimate of care from veterinarians and Fawn Leap Farm personnel but her decline was progressing toward an eminent end and it was only humane to end her suffering,” stated John Oxley.

Beautiful Pleasure, the Grade I Matron winner at two, received the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Mare in 1999 as a four-year-old after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff-G1 at Gulfstream, the Beldame S.-G1 at Belmont and Saratoga's Personal Ensign H.-G1. At four, Beautiful Pleasure earned $1,716,404 and a 113 Beyer Speed Figure for her victory in the Beldame. Racing at ages 5 and 6, the champion mare made 11 more starts, winning Belmont's Hempstead H.-G1, the Shuvee H.-G2 and the Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga for the second time in 2000, as well as a second place finish in 2001. Additionally, Beautiful Pleasure was awarded Florida bred Horse of the Year in 1999 and 2000.

Beautiful Pleasure retired in 2001. From 2 to 6, she made 25 starts recording 10 wins, six Grade I stakes and one Grade II and seven more finishes in the money all Grade I or II stakes, she earned $2,734,078.

Bred by Farnsworth Farm in Ocala, FL, Beautiful Pleasure was by Maudlin, out of the Baldski mare Beautiful Bid and was purchased by John C. Oxley at Keeneland's 1997 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale for $480,000. Trained by John T. Ward, Jr., her career performances were greatly enhanced by the care and guidance of assistant trainer Donna Ward. Beautiful Pleasure defeated the best of her generation while racing, including Banshee Breeze, Heritage of Gold, Silverbulletday, Catinca, Keeper Hill, etc.  The Oxleys expressed their admiration in saying, “Beautiful Pleasure recorded six Grade I wins over four year and a championship, it was an unsurpassable, once in a lifetime experience – the ultimate joy, one of the best mares ever!”

Beautiful Pleasure produced eight foals, the first Dr. Pleasure ran third to Bernardini in the Travers S.-G1 and was second in the Cowdin S. at two. She produced a Bernardini colt last year and has an unraced two-year-old this year named North Ocean, by Street Cry.

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