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Lady's Secret

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Lady's Secret (Barbara D. Livingston photo)
Lady's Secret
Induction Year: 
1992
Foaled: 
1982
Breeder: 
Robert H. Spreen
Owner: 
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein
Trainer: 
D. Wayne Lukas
Sire: 
Secretariat
Dam: 
Great Lady M.
Damsire: 
Icecapade
Career Years: 
1984-1987
Starts: 
45
First: 
25
Second: 
9
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$3,021,425.00

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Bio

Weighing only about 900 pounds, Lady’s Secret was small in stature, but proved to be an extraordinary racehorse nonetheless. Bred by Robert H. Spreen at Lucas Farm in Oklahoma, Lady’s Secret was purchased for $200,000 by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein and sent to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

 

A gray daughter of Secretariat out of the Icecapade mare Great Lady M., Lady’s Secret showed some promise as a 2-year-old, winning the Moccasin Stakes, before truly coming into her own as a sophomore in 1985. As a 3-year-old, Lady’s Secret compiled a record of 10-5-0 from 17 starts and earned $994,349. All 10 of her wins were in stakes races, including victories in five consecutive graded events — the Test, Ballerina, Maskette, Ruffian and Beldame — before finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff to stablemate Life’s Magic.

 

In 1986, 4-year-old Lady’s Secret won 10 of her 15 starts and earned $1,871,053. All of her victories were in graded stakes, including eight Grade 1 wins: the La Canada, Santa Margarita Invitational, Shuvee, Whitney, Maskette (running a mile in 1:33⅖, setting a record for a filly or mare at Belmont Park), Ruffian (by eight lengths under 129 pounds), Beldame and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Lady’s Secret’s eight Grade 1 wins established a record for the most in a single year since the grading of races began in 1973.

 

During her remarkable 1986 season, Lady’s Secret defeated males four times, including the Whitney Handicap, in which she became the first filly or mare to win the race since Gallorette in 1948. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” Lady’s Secret concluded her season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita to wrap up the Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year and Champion Older Female.

 

Returning at age 5 in 1987, Lady’s Secret won a pair of allowance races before being retired with a career record of 25-9-3 from 45 starts and earnings of $3,021,325. In 1989, she was sold to Fares Farm in Lexington, Ky., as a broodmare, but never produced any runners of particular note. Lady’s Secret died in 2003 at the age of 21 as a result of complications in foaling.

 

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