While thinking about the best broodmares of all time, it is flat mares that come to our mind as they have much more impact through their male offspring. These best mares had made a remarkable impact on us, and some had shaped the breed to a new height, it has around fifteen at best. Here is the list of some of the best broodmares in history, but will be few names missing including some of the good jump broodmares, like Polly Puttens and La Noire. Because it is the list of flat mares that prove much more influential.
Hence, the following are the names and description of the eight best broodmares of all time–
- Beautiful Bells (1872)
The oldest mare on the list, Beautiful Bells has earned her position as an overriding dam of speed in the 19th Century. Her eighteen foals comprise of eight registered sires and six classic winners, along with fifteen classic progeny and ten standard performers. She was even responsible for a three-year-old world championship, which is a notable achievement. Her eight sons took up charges in the breeding shed with the popular ones being Saint Bel (leading sire of America in 1894), and Chimes, the founder of modern pacing line through Hal Dale. Not many of us have heard of her but Beautiful Bells was truly a grand broodmare.
- Fall Aspen (1976)
The juvenile Group 1 winner, Fall Aspen had one of the broad-reaching effects on the horse breeding industry on both parts of the Atlantic. She was responsible for G1 winners Northern Aspen and Timber Country in America. She further produced Elle Seule, Hamas, Colorado Dancer, Bianconi, and Fort Wood in Europe. Her legacy was growing with Colorado Dancer delivered Dubai Millennium, whose most powerful son is Dubawi. Fort Wood was a remarkable performed in South Africa. At present, Fall Aspen’s most potential descendant is Dubawi.
- Height of Fashion (1979)
Height of Fashion, a French-bred, was owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Being popular for her outstanding potential, she was undefeated in three races – Fillies’ Mile, May Hill Stakes, and Acomb Stakes. She has also made a record-breaking triumph in stakes of the Princess of Wales, along with adding a win in the Lupe Stakes. She is an exceptional broodmare and gave birth to the major stakes winners – Nayef, Unfuwain, and Nashwan. However, she dies in 2000 in Kentucky.
- Bahamian (1985)
Bahamian has proven herself for being a source of some remarkable male horse being the grandam of Beat Hollow and Oasis Dream. The winner of the 2018 Prix du Jockey Club New Bay and 2015 Banstead Manor Stud beginner Kingman are her two popular great-grandsons. Oasis Dream is one of the most influential and popular sires in Europe, and Kingman is tagged (£ 55000) to follow the trend. Coraline, the daughter of Bahamian, has excelled in the breeding paddock and produced three winners of Groups, among them the remarkable G1 winner is Reefscape.
- Rafha (1987)
A winner of the Prix de Diane (Group 1), Rafha has made her score in the breeding shed. At present, she is valued for two of the best stallions – Kodiac, and Invincible Spirit. Out of her two stallions, Invincible Spirit triumphs the Haydock Sprint Cup, and also made a world record by defeating two-year-old winners in the newcomer season. Therefore, with her offspring being so productive, the legacy of Rafha will truly be a long one to praise.
- Urban Sea(1989)
She is praised as one of the best broodmares of all time, being a hell of a racehorse to charge. Urban Sea is the winner of the Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe in 1993. She is even popular as one of the two mares to breed derby winners – Galileo and Sea The Stars. She also gave birth to Black Sam Bellamy, the winner of Group 1, and her daughters are – My Typhoon, and All Too Beautiful. She died at the age of 20, followed by the complications in delivery, but will always be remembered.
However, the list of some of the best broodmares doesn’t end here, but the above-mentioned are influential ones. If anyone wants to add more, they can write to us in the comment section about your favourite broodmares.