Nancy Polk, the owner of Normandy Farm and breeder of both Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday and millionaire Daddys Lil Darling, passed away on Saturday shortly before the later filly finished fourth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park. Trainer Kenny McPeek announced her passing on the NBC broadcast.
Polk has been in poor health for some time, and she suffered a recent bout with pneumonia. She passed surrounded by family in a hospital in Lexington.
Both Mongolian Saturday and Daddys Lil Darling are out of the mare Miss Hot Salsa; Daddys Lil Darling (Scat Daddy) is her last foal.
Polk purchased Normandy Farm in the late 1990's following the death of her husband.
“I'd been coming down to Kentucky to go to the races with friends,” she told journalist Jennis Rees in summer of 2017. “When I talked to this one friend of mine, she said, 'You should buy a horse farm.' I told her she was crazy. But she encouraged me, and when I was down to go to the races one year, I said, 'All right. We've got time today. Let's go look at horse farms.' Normandy was the first one I set foot on, and I just fell in love with it.”
According to Rees:
The 250-acre Normandy Farm on Lexington's famed Paris Pike dates to the late 18th century originally was part of Elmendorf Farm. Normandy's horse cemetery includes the legendary Man o' War's sire and dam, Fair Play and Mahubah.
“I started with one horse, then two, then another here and there until I ended up with the 16 I have now,” Polk said. “There's so much history on the farm. It's just a beautiful old farm and worth taking care of. That's my aim, to be a caretaker for the next person and to hopefully leave it as good or better than when I found it.”
Read more about Polk here.
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