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Susan's Girl

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Susan's Girl (Bill MOchon photo)
Susan's Girl
Induction Year: 
1976
Foaled: 
1969
Breeder: 
Fred Hooper
Owner: 
Fred Hooper
Trainer: 
L. R. Fenstermaker; R. L. Smith; J. L. Newman; T. W. Kelly; C. R. Parke; J. W. Russell; J. E. Picou
Sire: 
Quadrangle
Dam: 
Quaze
Damsire: 
Quibu
Career Years: 
1971-1975
Starts: 
63
First: 
29
Second: 
14
Third: 
11
Earnings: 
$1,251,668.00

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Bio

A three-time Eclipse Award winner, Susan’s Girl was one of the top female racehorses of the 1970s and the first filly to surpass $1 million in earnings in North America. She won 24 stakes races in her career, including 12 graded events. Several more of her stakes victories came during her 3-year-old campaign of 1972, which was prior to the grading of races.

 

Bred in Florida by Fred Hooper, Susan’s Girl established herself as a star during a 3-year-old campaign in which she strung together six consecutive victories, including the Pasadena, Santa Susana, Santa Ynez, La Troienne, Kentucky Oaks and Acorn. Later in the year, she added wins in the Cotillion, Gazelle and Beldame (setting a stakes record) to secure the Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Filly with a seasonal record of 9-2-2 from 13 starts and earnings of $352,678.

 

As a 4-year-old in 1973, Susan’s Girl won the Santa Maria Handicap, Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (carrying 127 pounds), Santa Barbara Handicap (carrying 129 pounds), Susquehanna Handicap, Delaware Handicap (carrying 127 pounds) and Spinster Stakes to be named Champion Older Female.

 

A leg injury cut short Susan’s Girl’s 1974 season, but she returned to top form as a 6-year-old in 1975, winning the Apple Blossom Handicap, Long Beach Handicap, Matchmaker Stakes, Delaware Handicap, Beldame Stakes and Spinster Stakes to win her third Eclipse Award. She was retired at the end of the year with a career mark of 29-14-11 from 63 starts and earnings of $1,251,668. 

 

Susan’s Girl died on Oct. 18, 1988 at the age of 19.

 

“In over 40 years of breeding and racing, we’ve bred a good number of stakes winners,” Hooper said. “But I’ve never admired or been more fond of a horse. She’s one of the greats.”

 

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