Bayakoa with trainer Ron McAnally
© 1990 NYRA
Bayakoa was bred in Argentina by Haras Principal. She was sired by Consultant's Bid out of the mare Arlucea, by Good Manners. In the U.S. she raced for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whitham and was trained by Ron McAnally.
Bayakoa's first two seasons were spent in her native Argentina, where she placed first or second in 6 out of 8 starts. In Argentina she won the grade 1 Premio Palermo and was a champion miler. After a modest U.S. racing season at 4, Bayakoa blossomed into a champion at 5, winning five consecutive stakes at one point and closing the year with eight major victories out of nine starts. She won the Santa Margarita, Apple Blossom, Hawthorne, Milady, Vanity, Ruffian, Spinster, and Breeders' Cup Distaff.
At 6 Bayakoa was again named Champion Older Female following her repeat victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, the same race that saw the tragic fatal injury of Go For Wand. Bayakoa also took the Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, Hawthorne, Milady, Chula Vista, and Spinster. In the Santa Margarita she finished six lengths in front, despite carrying 127 pounds, a weight she also carried in the Chula Vista.
Bayakoa raced three more times at 7 and then was retired to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farms in Kentucky. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Bayakoa winning the 1989
Breeders' Cup Distaff
© 1989 Barbara D. Livingston