Grade I Winner Excellent Meeting Dies During Colic Surgery

Grade I Winner Excellent Meeting Dies During Colic Surgery
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Excellent Meeting, died during colic surgery.
Elizabeth Moran's Excellent Meeting died March 23 during colic surgery at Rood and Riddle equine hospital near Lexington (editor's note: an earlier edition of this story incorrectly reported the surgery took place at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee). The 8-year-old mare had undergone colic surgery prior to delivering a Storm Cat filly Feb. 4 and a total of three times after the foaling. The filly is on a nurse mare at Eaton Farms near Lexington.

The Storm Cat filly was the second offspring produced from Excellent Meeting, whom Moran bought privately in 2000 for $3.6 million from John and Betty Mabee following the mare's racing career. Excellent Meeting's other foal, is a Storm Cat colt. Moran sold a two-thirds interest in the colt last year when he was a yearling to Coolmore associates Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor. Now a 2-year-old and named Cougar Cat, the colt is in training with Aidan O'Brien in Ireland. Moran will retain the newborn Storm Cat filly.

Excellent Meeting raced as a homebred for the Mabees in the name of their Golden Eagle Farm. She captured seven grade I or grade II stakes and earned a shot in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by starting off her 3-year-old season with wins in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I), Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), and Fantasy Stakes (gr. II). She and her stablemate, General Challenge, went off as the 9-2 favored entry in the Run for the Roses, but the best she could do was finish fifth. Excellent Meeting also gave it a go in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), but was pulled up.

During her career, Excellent Meeting (General Meeting--Fitted Crown, by Chief's Crown) also scored grade I wins in the Hollywood Starlet and Oak Leaf Stakes. Her stakes-placings included a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). She retired with eight wins from 20 starts and earnings of $1,402,396.

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