'She'll never be forgotten' - Broodmare of the Year Win Approval dies aged 29
The daughter of With Approval produced World Approval and Miesque's Approval
Win Approval, Live Oak Stud's foundation mare and the 2017 Broodmare of the Year, was euthanised on Monday due to the infirmities of old age at 29, the farm announced on Tuesday.
The Live Oak homebred was a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year With Approval, who entered stud at Live Oak in 1991 and stood at the farm near Ocala, Florida, for six seasons. She was out of the Grade 1-placed Hoist The Flag mare Negotiator.
Win Approval became hugely successful as a broodmare. She is the dam of eight winners from ten foals, including four Graded winners and two champions - World Approval, the 2017 champion turf male, and Miesque's Approval, champion grass horse in 2006.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association honoured her as Broodmare of the Year for 2017, when World Approval won three consecutive Grade 1s.
She was also named the Florida Broodmare of the Year by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association in 2006, 2016 and 2017. All told, her runners amassed earnings of $8,936,808.
"She will be missed, but never forgotten," said Live Oak owner Charlotte Weber.
The Florida-bred World Approval, a son of Northern Afleet born in 2012, was Win Approval's final foal. The grey gelding captured five stakes races for trainer Mark Casse in his championship season, including the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar. He also won that year's Turf Classic Stakes, Dixie Stakes, Fourstardave Handicap and Woodbine Mile Stakes at Woodbine en route to career earnings of $3,062,363.
In addition to his national championship, World Approval was named the 2017 Florida-bred Horse of the Year by the FTBOA, as well as champion older male, turf horse and male sprinter that season. In 2016 he was the Florida-bred champion older male and turf horse.
Miesque's Approval, by Miesque's Son, won 12 of his 41 career starts, including the 2006 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. In his championship year of 2006, the Sunshine State product also captured the Breeders' Cup Handicap, Maker's Mark Mile Stakes, Red Bank Stakes and the Sunshine Millions Cloverleaf Farms Turf Stakes.
Win Approval's additional Graded winners also shared an affinity for the turf. Revved Up, a 1998 Florida-bred son of Sultry Song, banked $1,548,653. Conditioned by Christophe Clement, the gelding won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Handicap, as well as the 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap and the 2006 Sycamore Breeders' Cup Stakes.
The Kentucky-bred Za Approval, a son of Ghostzapper first trained by Clement and then Casse, enjoyed his best season in 2013, taking the Knickerbocker, Red Bank and Appleton Stakes.
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