Our Country Place, Dam of Pleasant Home, Dead

Our Country Place, dam of Breeders' Cup (gr. I) winner Pleasant Home, died Feb. 27 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. The 14-year-old daughter of Pleasant Colony was sent there because of chronic canker and laminitis. Owned by Phipps Stable, Our Country Place was boarded at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., and produced a full brother to Pleasant Home prior to her death. The colt died.

Pleasant Home, a homebred daughter of Seeking the Gold, recorded the largest win margin in last year's eight Breeders' Cup races, winning the Emirates Airline Distaff by 9 1<$k-10>⁄4<$> lengths in the colors of Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps. She retired following the race to Claiborne with earnings of $1,378,070 and is booked to Awesome Again.

Unraced Our Country Place was bred in Kentucky by Howard and Susan Kaskel and Deborah Norton and purchased privately at a young age by Phipps' father, the late Ogden Phipps. Our Country Place produced a total of six named foals, three of which were winners, including grade II winner Country Hideaway. A homebred for the elder Phipps and a full sister to Pleasant Home, Country Hideaway won four graded stakes. She also is a broodmare at Claiborne. She is in foal to El Prado and is booked to Awesome Again .

A half-sister to champion Sky Beauty, Our Country Place was out of grade I winner Maplejinsky, a half-sister to English Horse of the Year Dayjur. Her second dam, Gold Beauty, was a champion sprinter.