Miswaki (February 22, 1978 – December 17, 2004) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that was a Group One winner in France and a stakes race winner in the United States. He was an important sire of 97 stakes race winners[1] and was the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1999 and 2001.[2]

Miswaki
SireMr. Prospector
GrandsireRaise a Native
DamHopespringseternal
DamsireBuckpasser
SexStallion
Foaled1978
CountryUnited States
ColourChestnut
BreederBruce Campbell & Early Bird Stud
OwnerEtti Plesch
TrainerFrançois Boutin (France)
Woody Stephens (USA)
Record13: 6-4-1
EarningsUS$232,320
Major wins
Prix Yacowlef (1980)
Prix de la Salamandre (1980)
Charles Hatton Stakes (1981)
Awards
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1999, 2001)

Breeding and ownershipEdit

Bred in Florida, Miswaki was sired by the very important Mr. Prospector that became a two-time leading sire in North America and a nine-time leading broodmare sire in North America. His dam was Hopespringseternal, a daughter of Buckpasser, the 1966 American Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee that became a four-time leading broodmare sire in North America.[3]

Miswaki was purchased and raced by Etti Plesch, a prominent horsewoman in Europe, who as at the end of 2011, is the only female to have won The Derby twice, doing it first in 1961 with Psidium then with Henbit in 1980. In addition, she won the 1970 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Sassafras.[4]

Racing careerEdit

Miswaki was conditioned for racing by one of France's leading trainers, François Boutin. Raced at age two, he made four starts on grass in 1980, winning the Prix Yacowlef at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse in his debut. After a runner-up finish in Deauville's Group One Prix Morny, he won the Group One Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp. Sent to England's Newmarket Racecourse for the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, Miswaki ran third to winner, Storm Bird. For his three-year-old campaign in 1981, Miswaki was sent to race in the United States, where he made nine starts for Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens. The colt won three allowance races plus the ungraded Charles Hatton Stakes at Elmont, New York's Belmont Park.[5]

At studEdit

Beginning in 1982, Miswaki spent his entire 22-year stud career at Walmac International Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Pensioned in August 2004,[6] he died on December 17 that same year[7] and was buried in the equine cemetery at Walmac International.[8]

The two most notable of Miswaki's successful progeny are the great racing mare Urban Sea, that won the 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and is the dam of Galileo and Sea the Stars, and Black Tie Affair, the 1991 American Horse of the Year.

Miswaki sired:

Miswaki was the damsire of:

Pedigree of Miswaki
Sire
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native Native Dancer Polynesian
Geisha
Raise You Case Ace
Lady Glory
Gold Digger Nashua Nasrulllah
Segula
Sequence Count Fleet
Miss Dogwood
Dam
Hopespringseternal
Buckpasser Tom Fool Menow
Gaga
Busanda War Admiral
Businesslike
Rose Bower Princequillo Prince Rose
Cosquilla
Lea Lane Nasrulllah
Lea Lark

ReferencesEdit

  • Horses & Husbands -The Memoirs of Etti Plesch (2007) Dovecote Press ISBN 978-1-904349-54-9