European Champion Borgia Dies

High-class German filly specialized in long distance international racing.

Borgia, a globetrotting German-bred champion filly who specialized in long distance racing, died March 29.

The daughter of Acatenango out of the Tarim mare Britannia was 18.

A homebred for Gestut Ammerland, Borgia not only raced in Germany but in England, France, Japan, North America, Dubai, and Hong Kong and often against males. She was a champion in Germany, England, and France.

Borgia enjoyed her best season at 3 in 1997. She won the BMW 128 Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) and the Mercedes-Benz-125 Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I), and ran second in the Preis der Diana-Deutsches Stuten-Derby (German Oaks, Ger-II). Also that year she ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) and third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

As a 5-year-old, Borgia captured the Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) and contested the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), finishing fifth. She was retired after the Hong Kong Vase with a record of 6-7-2 from 22 starts and earnings of $1,697,771.

Borgia produced nine foals including four winners. Her last reported offspring is an unnamed 2-year-old colt by Oasis Dream.