Holiday Runner

Holiday Runner

Anne M. Eberhardt

Sale-Topper Holiday Runner Dies

The stakes-winning mare's first foal was grade I winner Seventh Street.

Ten-year-old Holiday Runner, a grade I stakes producer and the sale-topper at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, died the morning of Feb. 6 because of foaling complications after delivering a Tiznow  colt the night before at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky. The farm is owned by Frank Lyon Jr. and his wife, Jane. The colt has been placed on a nurse mare.

Summer Wind bought Holiday Runner in foal to Tiznow for $2.15 million at the Fasig-Tipton sale from Baccari Bloodstock, agent, to replace grade I stakes producer Onaga, who had died in August 2009. Baccari acted as agent for Stephen J. Barberino and Mike Mollica.

Bred in Kentucky by Barry R. Ostrager, Holiday Runner (Meadowlake--Dixie Holiday, by Dixieland Band) raced for Barberino’s S J B Stable Trust. In just her second start, she won the 2002 Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs over subsequent graded stakes-winning males Zavata and Posse. Holiday Runner next won the Fashion Stakes and then placed in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II).

Holiday Runner was stakes-placed the next two years. During her career, she won or placed in nine of 14 races and earned $232,073.

Holiday Runner hit pay dirt with her first foal. Seventh Street, by Street Cry, won the Apple Blossom (gr. I) and Go for Wand (gr. I) handicaps. Her next foal, Reynaldothewizard (by Speightstown ), was grade II stakes-placed. Her only other named foal, the 3-year-old Ghostzapper  filly American Story, is unraced.