Winter’s Gone, dam of three graded stakes winners, died after foaling a dead Storm Catoffspring this year. The 12-year-old daughter of Dynaformer was owned by Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm.
Winter’s Gone’s broodmare career was a complete turnaround from what she had accomplished on the racetrack. Unplaced in all six starts, she became the dam of grade I winners Sharp Lisa and Spring At Last, plus grade II winner Sharp Susan.
Sharp Lisa, by Dixieland Band, captured the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Ynez (gr. II) Stakes, plus the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. II). Following her racing days, she was sold to the Irish branch of the British Bloodstock Agency for a sale-topping $3.4 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned as agent.
Spring At Last scored his big win in this year’s Donn Handicap (gr. I) for WinStar and J. Paul Reddam. The millionaire son of Silver Deputyhas been retired from racing and will enter stud at WinStar near Versailles, Ky.
Sharp Susan, by Touch Gold , won the July 7 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap on grass at Philadelphia Park. She captured two graded stakes last year, including the Lake Placid Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Winter’s Gone was the dam of two other named foals, both winners, and a Storm Cat yearling colt, who is consigned to the Keeneland September sale.
Casner and Troutt bought Winter’s Gone (in foal to Coronado’s Quest) for $410,000 at the 2000 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale from FitzGerald/Keogh.
Winter’s Gone’s dam, stakes winner Stark Winter (by Graustark), also produced three stakes winners, including grade I winner Bien Bien.