Margaret Grimm's grade I winner Ms. Eloise, whose first four foals won or placed in stakes, died Sept. 12 at Nina Hahn's Lochness Farm near Paris, Ky. The 20-year-old mare's death came a day after her Chester House filly failed to reach her reserve and was bought back for $85,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. It was far cry from when one of her yearlings bought $425,000 at the 2000 Keeneland fall sale.
Bred in Florida by Kathy and Karen Johnson, Ms. Eloise was a model of consistency for Grimm, finishing first or second in 27 of 36 starts, 17 of them stakes. Her most productive year came as a 4 year-old in 1987 when she won the Bed o' Roses (gr. III), Top Flight (gr. I), and Shuvee (gr. I) Handicaps in consecutive starts. Trainedby Grimm and Phil Johnson, Ms. Eloise retired with 16 wins and $870,982 in earnings.
Ms. Eloise's first two foals, Daybreak Express and Bibury Court, won stakes, and her third, Ms. Isadora was graded stakes-placed. Bibury Court, a son of Ferdinand, was a graded winner. Ms. Eloise's fourth foal, Princess Eloise, also was a stakes winner.
Ms. Eloise (Nasty and Bold -- Belle Noel, by Tom Rolfe) produced 10 named foals, seven of whom have won, including additional stakes-placed runners Sweet Eloise and Chuckler. Ms. Eloise, whose Chester House yearling is at Lochness, was buried at the farm.