Barbara D. Livingston

Maryfield Is Her Family's Shining Star

Maryfield is the most successful runner out of Sly Maid, a daughter of Desert Wine and good investment for partners John Harvey, Jr. and Mike Carroll of Ontario.

Maryfield is the first stakes winner out of Sly Maid, a decent stakes-placed runner by Desert Wine. Ontario partners John Harvey, Jr. and Mike Carroll acquired Sly Maid with Robyn’s Nest Farm for $50,000 out of the 1997 Keeneland January winter mixed sale and enjoyed remarkably good commercial success with her.
Tragically, Sly Maid died in 2003 while delivering a Meadowlake foal, Harvey told The Blood-Horse in August.
“We lost the foal and the mare at the same time; it was very unfortunate," said Harvey, who with Carroll bought out Robyn’s Nest Farm soon after purchasing Sly Maid. "She was just a nice, kind mare. It was a tough thing. I remember I got a call at 1 o'clock in the morning. At least she had an opportunity to produce some useful horses, so we are happy about that."
Useful indeed, because Sly Maid apparently threw some attractive foals, and Harvey and Carroll did a good job of selecting young stallions that proved to be the real deal. They sold their first foal, by Lord Avie, for $32,920 in Canada and then rebred the mare in 1996 to a first-year stallion named Roar for $15,000. The following year, Sly Maid delivered a filly that Harvey and Carroll later sold through the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency for $120,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September sale. The filly was later named Quiet and went on to become a graded-stakes placed runner.
In 2000, the partners took a chance on a young sire named Elusive Quality, who was standing for $10,000 at Gainsborough Farm at the time. The mating resulted in Maryfield, who was later sold through the Keeneland September sale to Winsong Farm for $80,000. Elusive Quality has since sired 31 stakes winners worldwide, including 2004 champion 3-year-old colt Smarty Jones , and now stands for $100,000 at Darley in Kentucky.
Maryfield started out racing at Woodbine for owners James and Alice Sapara. She won three races for the Saparas out of 10 starts between 2003 and 2005. The filly was then moved to Santa Anita, where she was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Doug O’Neill for current owners Mark Gorman, Jim Perry, and Nick Mestrandrea. Under O’Neill’s care, Maryfield blossomed into a multiple graded stakes winner. Prior to winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, she won the Distaff Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct and the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
The next stop for Maryfield may be the breeding shed. She has been entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select mixed sale Nov. 4, where she will be sold as part of the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. Taylor Made is also offering Miraculous Miss, by Mr. Greeley out of No Small Miracle (by Silver Deputy), who finished second in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

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