Flawlessly, the last runner to win consecutive Eclipse Awards as a turf champion and one of only two mares to have done so, died Sept. 26 of natural causes in her paddock at John Williams' Elmwood near Versailles, Ky. The 14-year-old mare had experienced kidney problems in the past.
"I fed her five peppermints last night, and she was content," said Williams, who helped deliver and raise Flawlessly at his former Central Kentucky farm, Ballindaggin. "I watched her jog in the field last night and had no reason to feel that I wouldn't see her again this morning. I'm just devastated; she was just 14. She was a sweet mare, so kind. And what a race mare. Won nine grade I stakes. How many stallions now in Kentucky can you say won that many. None."
Flawlessly raced as a homebred for Louis and Patrice Wolfson's Harbor View Farm and was sired by the couple's great racehorse, Affirmed, a two-time Horse of the Year. Flawlessly won three consecutive runnings of both the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) and Ramona Handicap (gr. IT); two consecutive runnings of the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT); plus the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) and four other graded srakes. She was trained her championship seasons in 1992-93 by Charlie Whittingham, who took over from Richard Dutrow Sr. the first half of 1991.
Flawlesslywas retired with 16 wins from 28 starts and earnings of $2,572,536. She won 15 stakes and placed in seven others.
Produced from the Nijinsky II mare La Confidence, Flawlessly delivered foals her first two years as a broodmare, but experienced difficulties and never produced another offspring. Her first foal, Flawlessness, a Storm Cat filly, captured one of nine races. She died in 2000. The other, a Storm Cat filly named Dreamlike, was sold and never raced.
"It was quite a thrill looking out the window and seeing two champion mares," Williams said about watching Flawlessly and 1987 juvenile champion Epitome. "It's not going to be the same."
Flawlessly was buried at Elmwood.