Champion Mare Life's Magic Dead
by Jason Shandler
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 6:27:56 PM
Last Updated: 8/21/2007 10:05:18 PM

Life's Magic
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
Life’s Magic, one of the greatest fillies in racing history, died peacefully at Trackside Farm in Versailles, Kentucky Aug. 21. She was 26 years old.

Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Parrish in partnership with their son Dr. David C. Parrish III, Life’s Magic placed in 20 grade I stakes, winning five, and was on the board in 25 of 32 lifetime starts. She was named 3-year-old champion filly in 1984 and champion older filly in 1985.

A bay daughter of Cox's Ridge-Fire Water, by Tom Rolfe, her grade I wins included the Oak Leaf Stakes, Beldame, Mother Goose, Alabama and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Life’s Magic earned $2,225,218 in her career.

Life’s Magic racing career was in the hands of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who originally purchased her at the 1982 Keeneland fall yearling sale for $310,000 for Melvin E. Hatley. Hatley later sold a part interest to Eugene V. Klein.

Life’s Magic produced 14 foals and seven winners as a broodmare. Her total progeny earnings were $576,420.

She was last purchased at the 2001 Kenneland November Breeding Stock Sale by Liberation Farms, Oratis Thoroughbreds and CHO LLC.

 



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