Clear Mandate after her 1997 win in the Spinster Stakes.

Clear Mandate after her 1997 win in the Spinster Stakes.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Stakes Producer Clear Mandate Dies

Clear Mandate's first three foals sold at auction for a total of $9 million.

Clear Mandate, a grade I winner and a multiple stakes producer, was euthanized Feb. 19 because of foaling complications. The 19-year-old mare was owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., owner of Shawnee Farm near Harrodsburg, Ky. Prior to her death, Clear Mandate produced a Tiznow  colt, which farm manager Pete Cline called “a dandy.”

Bred by Humphrey and his aunt, Pamela Firman, Clear Mandate (Deputy Minister—Dream Deal, by Sharpen Up) was one of the leading fillies from the crop of 1992 for Humphrey, winning or placing in 20 of 31 races and earning $1,085,588. Clear Mandate experienced her best year at 5 when she won the Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and the John A. Morris Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga and placed in two New York grade I stakes. Earlier in her career, she won the Shuvee Handicap (gr. I) and the Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) and ran second in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I).

Clear Mandate’s first three foals sold for a total of $9 million as yearlings at the Keeneland September sales. Clear Mandate's initial offspring, Full Mandate (by A.P. Indy) sold for $3.2 million. Full Mandate developed into a stakes winner. Clear Mandate’s next foal, Newfoundland (by Storm Cat), a $3.3 million yearling, won two graded stakes and placed in such events as the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and the Suburban Handicap (gr. I). Clear Mandate’s third offspring, The Mighty Tiger (by Storm Cat), which sold for $2.5 million, was group II stakes-placed in England and Ireland. All three of the offspring became stallions.

During her career, Clear Mandate produced a dozen foals, seven of which are winners. Her youngest foal of racing age is an unnamed Smart Strike 2-year-old colt.