Top broodmare Battle Creek Girl.

Top broodmare Battle Creek Girl.

Barbara D. Livingston

Prominent Broodmare Battle Creek Girl Dead

Battle Creek Girl, whose six stakes winners include Canadian champion Wavering Girl, died Aug. 25 at age 27 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm from complications from the infirmities of old age.

Battle Creek Girl began her broodmare career for brothers David and John Greathouse Jr. of Glencrest Farm and produced her first three stakes winners--Wavering Girl, Speed Dialer, and Tricky Creek--for them in the Glencrest name. Wavering Girl, by Glencrest stallion Wavering Monarch, earned a Sovereign Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 1989. She is the dam of grade I turf winner Military.

Tricky Creek, by Glencrest stallion Clever Trick, and Speed Dialer (by Phone Trick) were both grade II winners. Speed Dialer also is a stakes producer.

Battle Creek Girl's three stakes winners for Farish and his group were Everhope (by Danzig) and the grade II-winning full brothers Parade Ground and Parade Leader, both by Lane's End stallion Kingmambo.

In 2000, a yearling full brother to Parade Ground and Parade Leader brought one of the highest prices in racing history. Consigned by Lane's End, agent, the colt commanded $5.3 million at the Keeneland September sale.

For her career, Battle Creek Girl produced 20 foals, including 18 that were named and 15 that were winners. Two of them, Matriarch and Beribboned, are multiple stakes producers. Battle Creek Girl's last foal is an unnamed Dixie Union yearling filly.

Battle Creek Girl, who was bred in Kentucky by John and Dorothy Galbreath, raced for several owners before the Greathouses acquired her in training. Battle Creek Girl (His Majesty--Far Beyond, by Nijinsky II) won three of 20 starts, was stakes-placed at Delaware Park, and earned $40,240.

Click here to read Dan Liebman's 2002 profile of Battle Creek Girl.