Grade I winner and millionaire Tomisue’s Delight was euthanized July 16 following complications from colic surgery. The 14-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy was kept at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for owners Hilbert Thoroughbreds and Menard Thoroughbreds.
Tomisue’s Delight was a multiple grade I winner for owner Stephen Hilbert. She scored grade I wins in the 1997 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park and the 1998 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga. She closed out her career with a win in the 1998 Falls City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs/
For her career, Tomisue’s Delight won or placed in 16 of 20 races and earned $1,207,537. She placed in nine stakes, including such fixtures as the Kentucky (gr. I) and Coaching Club American (gr. I) Oaks and the Alabama (gr. I) and Beldame (gr. I) Stakes.
Two of Tomisue's Delight's offspring sold for hefty prices. A Storm Cat colt sold for $3.9 million at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, and a Belong to Me filly went for $2 million at the 2002 Keeneland July yearling sale.
Tomisue’s Delight produced five named foals, two of which won, including stakes-placed Save Big Money. She also is the dam of a Storm Cat yearling filly and a 2008 Distorted Humor colt. She was in foal to Awesome Again at the time of her death.
Tomisue’s Delight was bred by Farish in partnership with James Elkins and W.T. Webber Jr., and was bought by Hilbert for $575,000 at the 1995 Keeneland July yearling sale from Lane’s End, agent. One of five stakes winners out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prospectors Delite, Tomisue’s Delight was a full sister to 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft , who stands at stud at Lane’s End. Tomisue’s Delight is buried at Lane’s End.