David and Susan Mackie’s Strawberry Silk, winner of the 1989 All American Futurity, died peacefully early Sunday morning in her stall at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla. She was 30.
David Mackie was told that Strawberry Silk was checked at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and was sleeping after eating all of her food. She was checked again at 3:30 and had deceased. There were no signs of struggle.
Racing for Jacqueline Spencer, Strawberry Silk was honored as the 1989 champion two-year-old after she started 11 times for trainer Jack Brooks and earned $1,235,166. A daughter of the thoroughbred Beduino, Strawberry Silk won nine races with two second-place runs. The All American Futurity victory capped her championship year and she also scored a Grade 1 win in the Sun Country Futurity. She was second in the Kansas Futurity and the Rainbow Futurity.
A study, according to Mackie, showed that Strawberry Silk was the highest money earning mare that had produced four graded stakes winners. Her graded stakes winners are champion Stoli, Whathaveigottado, Rousing Encore and Pappasito.
Stoli raced to grade 1 wins in the West Texas Futurity and the All American Derby. He is the sire of world champion and All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner, All American Derby winner Dont Let Down and two-time champion Ketel Won.
Strawberry Silk’s family produces at the highest level. Hez Our Boy, a qualifier to the $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity on June 3, is a son of Strawberry Silk’s daughter Strawberry Cartel.
Strawberry Silk was one of the rarest of horses. All she did was everything asked of her for three decades. She is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
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