Massachusetts-based superstar mare Ask Queenie has been retired after an eight-year career that included 20 state-bred stakes wins at Suffolk Downs. In recognition of her achievements, Suffolk Downs will salute Ask Queenie Oct. 30.
The 9-year-old daughter of Key Contender won or placed in 56 of her 63 starts, for career earnings of $780,365, more than any other Massachusetts-bred in history, according to a release.
Ask Queenie will be paraded in the paddock before making her way to the winner’s circle for a retirement ceremony. The celebration is scheduled to take place after the fourth race, at approximately 2:15 p.m. Souvenir photos of Ask Queenie will be given out at the ceremony.
Ask Queenie’s success is attributable to three generations of the Lockhart family, which has maintained a presence on the New England racing scene for decades. Owned by Laurine Barreira, Ask Queenie was bred by Barreira’s grandfather Lloyd Lockhart and trained by her mother Lori Lockhart.
“Ask Queenie has meant everything to us,” said Barreira in a release. “Our family went through some tough times, emotionally and financially, and she picked us all up and carried us for last seven years.”
Racing almost exclusively at Suffolk Downs, which has a racing season from May to November, Ask Queenie spent the winter months resting on the farm.
“Even though she wasn’t racing, she got us through the winters because we knew she would be there for us in the spring,” said Barreira. “She’s supported our family. Whenever we go shopping or go out to eat, we say, ‘Thank you Queenie.’ Now we’re excited to have her bred and have babies. That’ll be fun.”
Ask Queenie will be retired to one of the Lockhart’s Cedar Lock Farm locations, which are in Swansea, Mass. and Morriston, Fla.
Her most successful campaign was her four-year-old season (2005) for which she was voted winner of the James B. Moseley Award as New England’s Horse of the Year by the New England Turf Writers’ Association. She also earned top turf female and top New England-bred honors that year. Ask Queenie garnered top New England-bred honors again in 2006, 2007, and 2009.