Miesque (KY)

Bred in Kentucky, Miesque shined on the international stage in England and France, but it was her two epic performances in the Breeders’ Cup Mile that secured her legacy.

Miesque winning the 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park (Hollywood Park Photo/Museum Collection)
Inducted

1999

Foaled

1984

Sire

Nureyev

Dam

Pasadoble

Damsire

Prove Out

Breeder

Flaxman Holdings

Owner

Stavros Niarchos

Trainer

Francois Boutin

Career

1986-1988

Earnings

$2,096,517

Racing Record

16

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1986 4 3 0 1 $156657 $156,657
1987 8 6 2 0 $1229482 $1,229,482
1988 4 3 1 0 $710378 $710,378

Biography

Bred in Kentucky, Miesque shined on the international stage in England and France, but it was her two epic performances in the Breeders’ Cup Mile that secured her legacy.

A bay daughter of Nureyev out of the Prove Out mare Pasadoble, Miesque was bred by Flaxman Holdings, Ltd., the racing empire established by Stavros Niarchos. Trained by Francois Boutin, Miesque drew attention early in her career by winning two Group 1 races at Longchamp in France as a 2-year-old in 1986 to be named French champion 2-year-old filly.

As a 3-year-old in 1987, Miesque won the Prix Imprudence and then the French and the English One Thousand Guineas. Her most impressive performance of the season, however, came in the Breeders' Cup Mile when she defeated older males and set a course record of 1:32⅘ at Hollywood Park. The scintillating effort helped Miesque secure the Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Female.

Returning to the races as a 4-year-old in 1988, Miesque added two more Group 1 wins in France before returning to the U.S. for another shot at the Breeders' Cup Mile. Racing in her home state of Kentucky at Churchill Downs, Miesque delivered another brilliant effort and defeated the champion Steinlen by four lengths. She was once again named the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Turf Female.

Following her second Breeders’ Cup victory, Miesque was retired to Oak Tree Farm in Kentucky with career record of 12-3-1 from 16 starts and earnings of $2,096,517. A successful broodmare, Miesque produced Kingmambo, Miesque's son, and East of the Moon.

Miesque died at the age of 27 at Claiborne Farm in 2011.

Achievements

Eclipse Award Champion Turf Female — 1987
Eclipse Award Champion Turf Female — 1988

Breeders' Cup Highligjts

Won the Mile — 1987
Won the Mile — 1988

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