Emory Hamilton’s homebred champion Queena, a grade I winner and producer, was euthanized due to complications from colic. The 21-year-old daughter of Mr. Prospector was buried at the farm of Hamilton’s sister, Helen Alexander’s Middlebrook Farm near Lexington.
Queena was bred this year to Ghostzapperbut was not in foal when she was euthanized.
Trained by Shug McGaughey, Queena was the champion older mare in 1991 when she won three consecutive grade I races, the Ballerina Stakes, Maskette Stakes, and Ruffian Handicap. She then ran in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs and finished fifth in the race won by champion Dance Smartly.
Despite the loss in the Breeders’ Cup, Queena won the Eclipse Award for champion older mare.
Out of Hamilton’s grade I winning mare Too Chic, by Blushing Groom, Queena was a full sister to grade I winner Chic Shirine.
As a broodmare, Queena produced five winners from nine foals including grade I stakes winners and sire Brahms (by Danzig) and grade III winner La Reina (by A.P. Indy). Her last foal was produced in 2003.
Her foals sold extremely well at auction, with five yearlings bringing $8,075,000.