Fantastic Find, Grade I Winner/Producer, Dead

Fantastic Find, a grade I winner and dam of grade I winner Finder's Fee, died March 6 because of foaling complications after delivering a Dixie Union filly for Phipps Stable. A 20-year-old daughter of Mr. Prospector, Fantastic Find was boarded at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. The filly is on a nurse mare.

Bred and raced by the late Ogden Phipps, Fantastic Find scored her big win in the 1990 Hempstead Handicap (gr. I, now the Ogden Phipps Handicap) at Belmont Park. The previous year, she had run second in the Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga to subsequent champion sprinter Safely Kept, who was beaten in that year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by Fantastic Find's half-brother, Dancing Spree.

Fantastic Find, who placed in two other grade I stakes, retired with six wins from 14 races and earnings of $335,410 for trainer Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey. She produced 11 named foals, seven of which were winners. Finder's Fee was the best of the group. A daughter of Storm Cat, she scored grade I wins in the Matron and Acorn Stakes as a homebred for Phipps. Fantastic Find also produced two stakes-placed runners and the dam of grade II winner T. D. Vance.

Produced from the Riva Ridge mare Blitey, Fantastic Find also was a half-sister to grade I winner Furlough and grade II winner Dancing All Night.

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