Runnymede Foundation Mare Kazadancoa Dies

Her descendants include Kentucky Derby runner-up Tejano Run.

Kazadancoa, a foundation mare for Catesby Clay’s Runnymede Farm, died at the Paris, Ky., farm March 30. She was 33.

Referred to by Runnymede as the farm’s most influential broodmare the past 50 years, Kazadancoa (Green Dancer—Khazaeen, by Charlottesville) was the dam of 13 named foals, seven of which were winners. She was pensioned in 2000.

“I have lived and worked with her for my 25 years at Runnymede and while she was our foundation mare and a true matriarch, she was also much more than that to all of us,” said vice president and general manager Martin O’Dowd. “We had so much respect for her, not just as a producer but also as a personality. She was an extremely intelligent lady who did not suffer fools and at times exhibited a distinctive sense of humor.

“When working with ‘Kaz,’ everything was done on her terms. For example, she never saw the need to have someone lead her out to her paddock in the mornings, so we complied by just opening her stall door and she would go unattended. She did consider it permissible for us to lead her in the afternoons, however.”

Bred in France by Jean Marc Valerio, Kazadancoa was brought to Clay’s attention in 1981. That year, the farm acquired a partial interest in Kazadancoa, whose dam, Khazaeen, was a half sister to the dam of French champion and major sire Blushing Groom. In 1989, Runnymede obtained sole ownership of Kazadancoa.

Kazadancoa, whose influence in stakes-winning pedigrees stretches four generations, produced graded stakes winners Jacodra, Jacodra's Devil, and Changing Ways, plus stakes-placed Captain Arthur. Changing Ways is the dam of two stakes winners, including grade II winner Pays to Dream.

Kazadancoa’s second-generation descendants include grade II winners More Royal and Tejano Run, who finished second to Thunder Gulch in the 1995 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Their half sister Palace Weekend became the dam of English group I winner Palace Episode and the granddam of Irish group II winner Laughing Lashes. Sold by Runnymede at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, Laughing Lashes is being aimed toward the English One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I).

Sacre Coeur, Kazadancoa’s last offspring and a member of Runnymede’s broodmare band, is booked to Kentucky stallion Divine Park.

Kazadancao is buried at Runnymede.