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Cicada

Cicada
Induction Year: 
1967
Foaled: 
1959
Breeder: 
Christopher T. Chenery
Owner: 
Christopher T. Chenery
Trainer: 
J. H. "Casey" Hayes
Sire: 
Bryan G.
Dam: 
Satsuma
Damsire: 
Bossuet
Career Years: 
1961-1964
Starts: 
42
First: 
23
Second: 
8
Third: 
6
Earnings: 
$783,674.00

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Bio

A champion at ages 2, 3 and 4, Cicada was known as America’s “Queen of the Turf” during her heyday from 1961 through 1963.

 

Bred and raced by Christopher T. Chenery and trained by Casey Hayes, Cicada, a light-boned bay of 15.3 hands, won the Gardenia, Frizette, Matron Spinaway, Astarita, Schuylerville, Blue Hen and National Stallion stakes as a 2-year-old in 1961, finishing her first championship campaign with a record of 11-2-3 and earnings of $384,676. She won her final six races that year and her season earnings set a new record for a filly.

 

As a 3-year-old, Cicada won the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn, Mother Goose, Jersey Belle and Beldame. She broke Kelso’s track record for nine furlongs in the Beldame at Aqueduct. Her three-length win in the Kentucky Oaks gave her enough purse money to surpass Bewitch as the all-time leading earner among fillies and mares. Cicada concluded her 3-year-old season 8-4-2 with earnings of $298,167 from 17 starts.

 

Cicada was strong again as a 4-year-old in 1963, winning the Columbiana, Sheepshead Bay, Vagrancy and Distaff handicaps before suffering an injury. Cicada finished fourth in her lone start as a 5-year-old and was retired, eventually settling at Chenery’s The Meadow in Virginia with a career ledger of 23-8-8 and earnings of $783,674 from 42 starts.

 

Cicada died at the age of 22 in 1981.

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