Amelia Bearhart, who produced three stakes winners including two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, died Jan. 7 and was buried at the farm of her owner, Richard Maynard. She was 27.
By Bold Hour out of the Ribot mare Myrtlewood Lass, Amelia Bearhart was named the Canadian Broodmare of the Year in 1996, the first year Chief Bearhart (by Chief's Crown) was named champion grass horse in that country. The Horse of the Year in Canada in 1997 and 1998, Chief Bearhart won his biggest race outside of Canada, taking the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park in 1997. He earned just shy of $3.4 million.
Amelia Bearhart also produced grade I winner Explosive Red, by Explodent, stakes winner Ruby Ransom, by Red Ransom, and stakes-placedMemorized, by Ziggy's Boy.
Ruby Ransom is the dam of grade II winner Strut the Stage and group III winner Sacred Song.
Amelia Bearhart produced her last foal in 2006, and was barren the last three years.
Stakes-placed Amelia Bearhart was bred and raced by Spendthrift Farm and is from one of the farm’s top female families. Her dam is a half-sister to leading sire Mr. Prospector.
Maynard is the owner of Maynard Farm near Lexington. He stands Amelia Bearhart’s son Heart of the Storm, by Storm Cat, at Sparks View Farm near Lexington.