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Desert Vixen

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Desert Vixen (Bob Coglianese photo)
Desert Vixen
Induction Year: 
1979
Foaled: 
1970
Breeder: 
Muriel Vanderbilt Adams
Owner: 
Harry Mangurian, Jr.
Trainer: 
Thomas F. Root, Sr.
Sire: 
In Reality
Dam: 
Desert Trial
Damsire: 
Moslem Chief
Career Years: 
1972-1975
Starts: 
28
First: 
13
Second: 
6
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$421,538.00

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Bio

An Eclipse Award winner at ages 3 and 4, the front-running Desert Vixen was purchased for $40,000 as a 2-year-old by Harry Mangurian, Jr, from the estate of breeder Muriel Vanderbilt Adams.

 

After achieving only moderate success as a 2-year-old in 1972, Desert Vixen won eight in a row in 1973, including the Monmouth Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Test Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Gazelle Handicap and Beldame Stakes. In the weight-for-age Beldame, Desert Vixen defeated older champion Susan’s Girl by 11½ lengths in track-record time. She posted an overall record of 9-2-0 from 11 starts that year with earnings of $256,147 to win the Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.

 

Desert Vixen started slowly in her 4-year-old campaign in 1974, but she repeated her victory in the Beldame (by 12 lengths this time) and tied a track record at Atlantic City Race Course in winning the Matchmaker Stakes. She finished her season with a ledger of 3-3-1 from 11 starts and earnings of $154,830 to win the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Female.

 

After one start as a 5-year-year-old in 1975, Desert Vixen was retired with a career record of 13-6-3 from 28 starts and earnings of $421,538. She died in 1982 at the age of 12 and was buried at Breckinridge Farm near Lexington, Ky.

 

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