Secrettame, at Mare Haven Farm in 2002.

Secrettame, at Mare Haven Farm in 2002.

Barbara D. Livingston

Secrettame, Dam of Gone West, Dies at 28

Audrey Reed's top producer Secrettame, dam of leading sire Gone West, died March 17 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., following a severe bout of colic. The daughter of Secretariat was 28.

Grade I winner Gone West, a son of Mr. Prospector who stands in Kentucky, was the first foal delivered by Secrettame in 1984 following a racing career in which she won six of 10 starts, including a division of the 1983 Shirley Jones Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Bred by Mrs. Reed's late husband, Dr. William O. Reed, the chestnut mare was out of Tamerett, by Tim Tam.

Gone West, now at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, won the Dwyer (gr. I), Gotham (gr. II) and Withers (gr. II) in New York in 1987 and earned $682,251 in a 17-race career. He was England's leading broodmare sire in 2005, and his progency have topped $3 million in earnings for the past 11 years.

The Reed family owned Mare Haven Farm near Lexington for many years before selling the 255-acre facility late in 2004 after Dr. Reed, a famed equine surgeon, became seriously ill. Secrettame remained at the farm while in retirement after the sale. Her last foal, Airbound, by Fusaichi Pegasus , arrived in 2003 and raced three times in England last year without a win. She was bred to Thunder Gulch in 2004 but was barren.

Secrettame's other graded black-type winning offspring was Lion Cavern, a full brother to Gone West foaled in 1989 who was a group winner in England in 1991 and '92, group I placed three times, and won the 1993 True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Lion Cavern, who died in 2004, won five of 16 lifetime starts and $420,701.

Overall, Secrettame had 15 foals, 12 that started, with eight winners. Her progeny earnings totaled $1,682,095.