Balistroika, dam of Cartier Award winner Russian Rhythm, has been pensioned and will reside at owner Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable near Malvern. Pa. The 22-year-old mare (Nijinsky II—Balidaress, by Balidar) delivered a Street Cry filly March 18.
Russian Rhythm, by Kingmambo, not only was Europe’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2003 but a two-time English champion that year.
Balistroika, bred in the Brushwood name and unraced, has produced eight winners from 13 foals of racing age, including additional English stakes winner Perfectperformance (by Rahy) and two stakes-placed runners. Balistroika’s other offspring include an unnamed Mr. Greeley yearling colt.
Balistroika’s 5-year-old full daughter, Russian Empress, a full sister to Russian Rhythm, is a broodmare for Moran. Russian Empress is in foal to Giant's Causeway and is due April 13.