Booly A Forgotten MN Bred Graded Stakes Winner

In October of 1992 an 0 for 4 Minnesota bred maiden named Booly was entered in the Grade 3 Selima Stakes to be run on the Laurel turf course. The filly won as the longest price on the board. She was the third MN bred to win a graded stakes race.


I was corrected (see the comments) and must ammend the list of Minnesota bred graded stakes winners. Below are the four we know of. The Oracle submitted a blog entry on Super Abound last year. If the readers have additions, please chime in. Click the horse’s name to view the lifetime past performaces. Thanks to Daily Racing Form for providing the data.

Super Abound Secretariat Stakes 1990 (G1)
Blair’s Cove Swoon’s Son 1990 (G3) Stars and Stripes 1991 (G3)
Booly Selima Stakes 1992 (G3)
Wally’s Choice Oklahoma Derby 2004 (G3)

6 thoughts on “Booly A Forgotten MN Bred Graded Stakes Winner”

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong Jeff but I believe Booly is the only MN bred to run in a Breeders’ Cup race.Posted by: Boompa86 ( Email ) at 5/13/2008 5:00 PM

  2. Jeff, Bris listed the Swan Song as a Grade III and that was what I was going by in my post…..REPLY: you are correct..SWOON’S SON Stakes at 1 1/8 mile on the turf at Arlington in 1990. Grade III race with a $50,000 purse. so if i have this right now, Super Abound on Sept 3, 1990 was the first MN bred to win a graded stakes. Blair’s Cove won in late Sept of 1990 and again in 1991. Booly in 1992 and Wally’s Choice in 2004 thanks for the input ! jmPosted by: ( Email ) at 5/14/2008 1:22 PM

  3. Jeff, if possible could you post links to the charts of the Graded Stakes that the MN breds won. I think readers would be interested to see who they beat. REPLY: not sure if can find the charts but I will look into it. jmPosted by: rgustafson ( Email ) at 5/15/2008 7:35 AM

  4. Rgustafson: I was also at the 1990 Secretariat Stakes. I was out at AP for the 1990 Arlington Million won by Golden Pheasant and remember Super Abound was in the Secretariat Stakes that weekend. Also, Blair’s Cove won the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs in his very first start. Not sure if it was a graded race in 1987 or not. Thinking it wasn’t back then. I was thinking Buchman may have won a graded race when he was trained by Lisa Lewis I know he set two turf records (CD and KEE) at the time. I’ll try and think of other Minnesota Breds and if they ran or won a graded race. Interesting on Booly running in the Breederc Cup…….REPLY: thanks Dave I assumed we would hear from you…. the Bashford Manor was not graded at that time as far as I can tell…. I will look into Buchman thanks as always…jmPosted by: Dave Valento ( Email | Visit ) at 5/15/2008 5:12 PM

  5. Jeff, Thanks for posting this. Like many, I was not aware of this horse since she never ran at Canterbury. However, I think you may be mistaken in saying that she was the second MN bred to win a graded stakes. On Sept. 3rd, 1990 at Arlington, Super Abound, ridden by Randy Romero, trained by Carl Nafzger, and owned by Francis Genter won the Grade I Secretariat stakes. I remember this one well because I was fortunate to be at Arlington that day. I believe that Super Abound may be the only MN bred to win a Grade I race. On Sept. 29th, 1990 the great Blair’s Cove, trained by Noel Hickey won the Grade III Swans Song at Arlington and then in 1991 on July 4th, he won the Grade III Stars and Stripes also at Arlington. Considering the competition they faced and the results they achieved, in my opinion these two horses are far and away the best MN breds of all time…..REPLY: I stand corrected. Blair’s Cove won the Stars and Stripes (G3) in 1991. Not sure if the Swan Song was graded or not as the pps dont indicate it but I will do research. Super Abound won the Secretariat. The Oracle submitted a blog entry about Super Abound this past winter. So we have: Blair’s Cove, Super Abound, Booly, and Wally’s Choice. There may be more and I am hoping this will get the conversation started. I must give credit to David Miller of Equibase for pointing out Booly to me this spring. jmPosted by: rgustafson ( Email ) at 5/14/2008 9:09 AM

  6. Jeff, Thanks for correcting me on the name of the stakes. My bad in trying to interpret the abbreviation on Bris. It appears that we now have all the MN bred graded stakes winners listed in their proper chronological order…….REPLY: thank you for pointing that win out. until we hear more we will call this list definitive jmPosted by: rgustafson ( Email ) at 5/14/2008 4:35 PM

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