Top International Mare Rossard Dead

Rossard, a champion in Denmark and Sweden and a grade I winner in the United States, was found dead in a field at Steve and Cindy Stewart's Huntertown Farm near Paris, Ky. The 25-year-old pensioned mare was owned by Tim Holland.

Bred by Peter Mathiassen, Rossard won four classics in her native Denmark and two in Sweden and was champion 3-year-old filly of 1983 in both countries and Horse of the Year in Sweden. At the end of her championship season, U.S. trainer Tom Pratt traveled to Sweden and purchased her privately for himself, Catherine T. Koffend, Shirley Taylor, Mrs. Douglas Schuemann, and Felix Mirando.

Rossard arrived in the U.S. in 1984, and considering her Scandinavian ties, as a bit of a novelty. Trained by Evan S. Jackson, she finished unplaced at Belmont Park in her first two starts, at odds of 7-1 and 11-1. She then won at Belmont and Saratoga and took the Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont two races later.

In her next start, Rossard ran third in the Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT), then was unplaced in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. IIT) at Woodbine in her final start. She retired with 14 wins from 24 starts and earnings of $202,858.

Rossard (Glacial--Peas-Blossom, by Midsummer Night) remained in North America. She was bred to many of the top U.S. stallions, but only six of her 13 named offspring won. The best of the group was multiple stakes winner Unusual Heat (by Nureyev).