Former champion juvenile filly and one of three consecutive generations of Breeders' Cup winners, Storm Flag Flying, 16, died Jan. 22 from complications during foaling.
One of the best-related fillies in training, Phipps Stable's homebred Storm Flag Flying was by Storm Cat out of former top filly My Flag (a daughter of Personal Ensign), and she quickly lived up to her pedigree.
She dominated her 2002 juvenile season, winning three grade I races and emulating her dam by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Her efforts earned her the Eclipse Award.
Storm Flag Flying subsequently won the Personal Ensign (gr. I) and the Shuvee (gr. II) handicaps, and placed in numerous major races, including the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) in her final start.
She was retired to her birthplace, Claiborne Farm, where she will be buried.
"We are saddened by the loss, but thankful our team was able to save her foal, a filly by Candy Ride ,” said Claiborne bloodstock manager Bernie Sams.
Storm Flag Flying is Claiborne's second major loss this week following the death of stallion Arch.