Dedication, a French group I winner and U.S. graded winner, died after undergoing emergency colic surgery April 7. She first had undergone colic surgery after delivering an Anabaa colt Feb. 16. The colt, bred by Earl Haras Du Quesnay, is on a nurse mare at Hagyard Farm near Lexington.
Dedication raced as a homebred for Alec Head, owner of Haras Du Quesnay in France, and his wife, Ghislaine. By Highest Honor, Dedication scored her major win in the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I). Sent to the U.S. in 2002, she won the 2004 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) and Marshua’s River Stakes, also on grass. Her four stakes-placings included a runner-up effort in the Jaipur Handicap (gr. IIIT) against males and a third-place finish in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT).
In four years of racing, Dedication won seven of 23 races and earned $456,645. She was trained in France by the Head’s daughter, Critiquette Head-Maarek, and in the U.S. by Christophe Clement.
Dedication, who is out of the Sillery mare Dissertation, produced two other foals.