‘She Tried Her Heart Out’: Chasing Yesterday, Half-Sister To American Pharoah, Retired

by | 09.10.2019 | 8:45am
Summer Wind Equine's Chasing Yesterday and jockey Drayden Van Dyke, left, outleg Enaya Alrabb (Mike Smith), second from left, and Mother Mother (Florent Geroux), right, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Starlet

Chasing Yesterday, a Grade 1-winning half-sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, has been retired from racing to begin her broodmare career in 2020, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary reports.

The 3-year-old Tapit filly has been living at owner/breeder Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm in Georgetown, Ky., after suffering an entrapped epiglottis when running third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4.

Mating plans are still to be decided for Chasing Yesterday, though Lyon said it would be “a proven stallion.”

“Yesterday did everything she needed to do for me,” Lyon told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. “She tried her heart out; she gave everything she had. When she entrapped her epiglottis, I knew she was out of the Kentucky Oaks, which she had qualified for, so I brought her home, and the more I looked at her, the more I realized that she didn't owe me anything. She needed to have a chance to be a horse, and she is growing and maturing and filling out and she seems extremely happy.”

Chasing Yesterday retired with five wins in seven career starts for earnings of $488,650. Trained by Bob Baffert, the same conditioner who handled American Pharoah, Chasing Yesterday won on debut by 4 1/2 lengths as a juvenile at Del Mar, then rolled off wins in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar, and the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course to finish the season.

She returned at three to win the listed Sunland Park Oaks as a 1-9 favorite before making her final start in the Santa Anita Oaks.

Chasing Yesterday is out of 2015 Broodmare of the year Littleprincessemma, a Yankee Gentleman mare who Lyon purchased for $2.1 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale.

Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

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