Grade I Winner Imaginary Lady Dead

Grade I winner Imaginary Lady, an 18-year-old daughter of Marfa, was euthanized July 16 after being found in the field at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington with a fractured leg.

Bred by Joe and Marion Conrad-Stillmeadow Farm, Imaginary Lady was a four-time graded stakes winner for owners L.R. French Jr. and D. Wayne Lukas while trained by the latter in her only year of racing. Purchased by Lukas for $100,000 at the 1988 California Thoroughbred Sales March sale of 2-year-olds in training, Imaginary Lady won the 1989 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II, in track-record time), Princess (gr. II), Railbird (gr. II), and Honeybee Stakes. Her two stakes-placings came in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Fantasy Stakes (gr. I).

Imaginary Lady retired with seven wins from a dozen starts and earnings of $574,720. She was sold in foal to Forty Niner for $150,000 at the 1995 Keeneland November breeding stock sale to John Mulholland.

Produced from the Hard Work mare Dream Harder, Imaginary Lady produced six named foals, none of which won. She went the last five years without producing an offspring.