Three-time Canadian champion Eternal Search died late last month at Curraghmore Farm near Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. Owned by Mel Lawson, the 29-year-old mare is by Northern Answer out of the Ruritania mare Bon Debarras.
A retired broodmare for six years, Eternal Search had developed cancer in her nose which caused continual bleeding, and she had to be euthanized.
"It's too bad because (her death) brings back a lot of memories," said Lawson. "She was a very good racehorse. Winning three Sovereign awards isn't that simple up here--if you get one, you're lucky."
Lawson bought Eternal Search privately for $50,000 as a juvenile in 1980. Campaigned in the name of Lawson's Jim Dandy Stable, the mare retired from racing with 15 stakes victories on the Canadian circuit. Posting a record of 18-11-2 from 44 starts, she had earnings of more than $640,000.
For her accomplishments, Eternal Search earned Sovereign Awards as Canada's champion sprinter in 1981 and older female in 1982 and 1983.
Six of her nine foals to race were winners, including stakes-placed runners Young Brodie (by Broad Brush), Vigorous Search (by Vigors), and Stop Searching (by Stop the Music).
Lawson additionally owns millionaire Ginger Gold, who won the Natalma Stakes (Can-III) en route to being named 2001 Canadian champion 2-year-old filly. Now a broodmare and kept at Curraghmore, she has produced Pulpit fillies the last two years.
Jiggs Coz, a two-time stakes winner this year at Woodbine, is Lawson's sole horse in training. The 3-year-old son of Cozzene has won four of seven starts and has earned $490,725.