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Maskette

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Maskette (NMR Collection)
Maskette
Induction Year: 
2001
Foaled: 
1906
Breeder: 
James R. Keene
Owner: 
James R. Keene
Trainer: 
James Rowe, Sr.
Sire: 
Disguise
Dam: 
Biturica
Damsire: 
Hamburg
Career Years: 
1908-1910
Starts: 
17
First: 
12
Second: 
3
Third: 
0
Earnings: 
$77,090.00

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Bio

Regarded as the top 2-year-old filly of 1908 and the best 3-year-old filly in 1909, Maskette never lost a race against her own gender.

 

Bred in Kentucky James R. Keene at his Castleton Farm, Maskette was a brown daughter of Disguise out of the Hamburg mare Biturica. Trained by James Rowe, Sr., Maskette broke her maiden in her career debut at Saratoga on Aug. 3, 1908. Two days later, she set a Saratoga track record in the Spinaway Stakes, covering the 5½ furlongs in 1:05⅘.

 

Maskette stretched her win streak to four with victories in the Futurity and Great Filly Stakes at Sheepshead Bay. In the Great Filly Stakes, she carried high weight of 127 pounds to victory. Maskette suffered her first career defeat in her next race, finishing second to Sir Martin in the Flatbush Stakes, before closing out her juvenile campaign with a victory in the Matron Stakes.

 

As a 3-year-old, Maskette won her first five starts. The wins included Ladies, Gazelle, Mermaid and Alabama against fillies and the Pierrepont Handicap, in which she defeated males. In her final start of the year, Maskette finished second by a nose to 4-year-old Firestone in the Aqueduct Handicap, while giving the winner 13 pounds.

 

At 4, Maskette won a pair of handicap races, giving 17 pounds to Dalmatian, that season’s co-champion 3-year-old male, in one of them. She also finished a close second to 1909 champion older male King James in the Sheepshead Bay Handicap. After finishing fifth in the Delaware Handicap at Saratoga in August, Maskette was retired with a career record of 12-3-0 from 17 starts and earnings of $77,090.

 

Retired to Castleton Farm for broodmare duty, Maskette was later sold to William K. Vanderbilt, who shipped her to his Haras du Quesnay farm near Deauville in France. Maskette produced four stakes winners there before her death at the age of 24 in 1930.

 

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