Storm Flag Flying

Storm Flag Flying

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Champion Storm Flag Flying Dies at 16

Four-time grade I winner was in foal to Candy Ride. The foal, a filly, survived.

Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, died Jan. 22 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications during foaling, according to Claiborne Farm bloodstock manager Bernie Sams.

Sams said the foal, a filly by Candy Ride , survived.

Foaled at Claiborne in 2000, Storm Flag Flying was a four-time grade I winner with career earnings just shy of $2 million. She was bred and raced by Phipps Stable and trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey.

During her championship season of 2002, Storm Flag Flying went undefeated in four starts, capped by a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), a race also won by her dam (My Flag, in 1995). She also won the Matron (gr. I) and Frizette (gr. I) during her 2-year-old year, and added scores in the Shuvee (gr. II) and Personal Ensign (gr. I) during her 4-year-old year in 2004.

Following her runner-up finish in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), she was retired to Claiborne.

"Storm Flag Flying was a magnificent racemare from a magnificent family," Sams said. "We are saddened by the loss, but thankful our team was able to save her foal."

Storm Flag Flying will be buried at Claiborne.