Snow Bride, an Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner and the dam of unbeaten champion Lammtarra, was euthanized June 10 because of complications from the infirmities of old age. The 23-year-old daughter of Blushing Groom was kept at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England.
Snow Bride was bred by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud Management. Racing for Sheikh’s Mohammed’s brother, Sheikh Maktoum, Snow Bride finished second in the 1989 Epsom Oaks (sponsored by Gold Seal) to Aliysa but later became the official winner of the race after a post-race test revealed the presence of a banned substance in Aliysa’s system.
Snow Bride also won that year’s Princess Royal (Eng-III) and Tattersalls Musidora (Eng-III) Stakes and was retired with five wins from seven races and earnings of $323,769.
Kentucky-bred Lammtarra was the first of Snow Bride’s three stakes winners. Racing for Sheikh Maktoum’s son, Saeed Maktoum al Maktoum, the son of Nijinsky II won the 1995 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I), the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), and the Trusthouse Forte Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I). He became only the second runner to win all three events, joining Mill Reef.
Lammtarra, a champion in England and France, stood one year at Dalham Hall before he was sold for a reported $30 million to Japanese breeders. He stood in Japan at Arrow Stud. He later was returned to England and resides at Dalham Hall.
Snow Bride, out of English champion Awaasif (by Snow Knight), also produced United Arab Emirates champion Kammtarra (by Zilzal), French group winner Saytarra (Seeking the Gold), and three stakes-placed runners. Seven of her 13 named foals have won.