Ta Wee (FL)

Ta Wee, which means “beautiful girl” in the Sioux language, was the champion sprinter in 1969 and 1970. Known for her extraordinary ability to carry weight, often while defeating males, Ta Wee was named by Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, who grew up in Nebraska’s Sioux country and was impressed with the filly’s muscular build and raw athleticism.

Ta Wee (John Rotz up) in the winner's circle (Bob Coglianese/Museum Collection)
Inducted

1994

Foaled

1966

Sire

Intentionally

Dam

Aspidistra

Damsire

Better Self

Breeder

Tartan Farms

Owner

Tartan Stable

Trainer

John A. Nerud
Flint S. Schulhofer

Career

1968-1970

Earnings

$284,941

Racing Record

21

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1968 4 2 0 0 $12410 $12,410
1969 10 8 0 1 $170663 $170,663
1970 7 5 2 0 $101868 $101,868

Biography

Ta Wee, which means “beautiful girl” in the Sioux language, was the champion sprinter in 1969 and 1970. Known for her extraordinary ability to carry weight, often while defeating males, Ta Wee was named by Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, who grew up in Nebraska’s Sioux country and was impressed with the filly’s muscular build and raw athleticism.

Bred in Florida, Ta Wee was owned by William L. McKnight and campaigned under his Tartan Stable banner. A half-sister to Dr. Fager, Ta Wee broke her maiden in her second career start on Aug. 13, 1968, at Saratoga.

As a 3-year-old, Ta Wee emerged as a star. She won the Comely, Prioress, Miss Woodford, and Test stakes, as well as the Interborough, Vosburgh, and Fall Highweight handicaps, the handicaps against males. Ta Wee finished with a seasonal record of 8-0-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $170,663. Nerud retired as Tartan’s private trainer halfway through the year and Ta Wee was then placed in the capable care of another future Hall of Fame conditioner, Flint S. “Scotty” Schulhofer.

As a 4-year-old, Ta Wee never carried less than 131 pounds. She won the Correction Handicap under 131 pounds and added victories in the Hempstead Handicap (132 pounds), Regret Handicap (136), Fall Highweight (140), and Interborough (142) to repeat as champion sprinter. In the Interborough, Ta Wee carried 29 more pounds than the runner-up, Hasty Hitter.

Ta Wee was retired with a record of 15-2-1 from 21 starts and earnings of $284,941. She produced five foals, including four stakes winners. Her first foal, Great Above, in turn sired Hall of Famer Holy Bull. Ta Wee died at the age of 14 on Oct. 12, 1980.

Achievements

Champion Sprint Horse — 1969
Champion Sprint Horse — 1970

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