Little Sister, a stakes winner/producer for brothers Robert and Leland Ackerley, died May 7 from a stomach rupture at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The 14-year-old broodmare was bred in Florida by Harry T. Mangurian Jr., who stood her sire, Valid Appeal, at his Mockingbird Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Racing for Ackerley Brothers Farm, Little Sister was a stakes winner all four years she raced. Her big win came in the 1997 Azalea Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Little Sister was a model of consistency, winning or placing in 30 of 38 races and earning $720,568. She won nine stakes and placed in 10 others.
As a broodmare for the brothers’ Glory Days Breeding, Little Sister produced seven foals, including an unnamed yearling filly by Hennessy. Her first four foals are all winners, including stakes winner Takedown (by Three Chimneys stallion Point Given) and two stakes-placed runners.
Little Sister is a full sister to three stakes winners, including graded winner Valid Expectations and Littleexpectations. Her dam, stakes winner Mepache (by Iron Constitution), is out of a half-sister to champion and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Foolish Pleasure.