Argentine Filly Miss Terrible Purchased by Hammersmiths of Illinois

Argentine filly Miss Terrible, who attracted international attention by winning seven consecutive group I stakes, will do her future running in the U.S. The 3-year-old Numerous filly was purchased privately by Charles "Chip" Hammersmith and his wife, Carol, of Elburn, Ill., for a seven-figure amount from her breeder, Dr. Juan Carlos Bago, who bred her in the name of Haras Firmamento. Luis Bouza represented Bago.

"Chip saw a good opportunity and jumped in," said managing partner Brad Ross. "The two of us watched tapes of Miss Terrible's races, and they were pretty much hand rides. Even the only race she lost (second in the Saturnino J. Unzue, Arg-I), she would have won in another jump.

"She can handle the dirt and turf and can go a distance. Her conformation is good, and she was vetted 100% clean by Dr. Scott Hopper of Rood and Riddle."

The purchase of Miss Terrible signals a step up for the Hammersmiths' operation. "They are a homebred operation, but now they have the ability to compete at a higher level," Ross said.

The Hammersmiths have several horses in training and stand the stallion Aussie Lauder at Horizon Farms in Illinois. A broodmare, Herb's Red Runner, is in foal to Central Kentucky stallion Exploit.

Chip Hammersmith operates Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company. The firm has been in the Hammersmith family since its founding in the late 1800s.

Miss Terrible, who was produced from the Farnesio mare Teidi, is scheduled to arrive in Miami and may be sent to Payson Park. A decision has not yet been reached as to a trainer nor where she will make her U.S. debut.