Round Pond

5/21/02 b f
Awesome Again – Gift of Dance, by Trempolino

Multiple G1 winner
2006 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner
2006 Older Female Eclipse finalist
2005 3-year-old Female Eclipse finalist
Sold at Fasig-Tipton as a broodmare prospect for a record $5.75 million

Round Pond was affectionately dubbed “The Queen” of the Fox Hill Farm stable, and for good reason. Round Pond was consistently a top graded stakes performer for Fox Hill from her debut in February 2005 through her retirement in Spring 2007. After breaking her maiden in her second start, she won the Honeybee and Fantasy (G2) at Oaklawn with authority. She then shipped to Belmont where she defeated Smuggler in the Acorn (G1). Finishing second in her next start, the Delaware Oaks (G2), it was discovered that she had a chip in her knee. Her vet said that she could be nursed through the Alabama with the chip, but it was in such a place that it would have to be removed. Though owner Rick Porter had desperately wanted to run in the Alabama with Round Pond, he didn’t want to risk her health. Her surgery was scheduled and she would be sidelined for the rest of the year. Round Pond was an Eclipse finalist for the 3-year-old filly championship, but the award would be granted to Round Pond’s Acorn foe, Smuggler.

Round Pond returned to the track in February 2006 where she reeled off wins in her first two starts including the Azeri (G3) at Oaklawn. However, foot issues cropped up that would keep her sidelined until late summer. With the Breeders’ Cup fast approaching, Round Pond started in the Molly Pitcher (G2) and Beldame (G1) where she finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Round Pond wasn’t yet 100% fit or entirely over her foot issues, but she had to get these races under her belt if she was to possibly make the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The Beldame did a world of good for Round Pond in the fitness department, and with new glue-on shoes, Round Pond entered the Distaff at 100% readiness. Unfortunately, the race was marred by the breakdowns of the very nice fillies Pine Island and Fleet Indian, but Round Pond won the race with authority, pulling away to a 4 1/4-length victory. She was honored again as an Eclipse finalist, this time in the older filly and mare division.

In an age where top horses are retiring at the height of their value, Rick returned his champion mare to the track in 2007 with designs on a second Breeders’ Cup Distaff but it wasn’t to be. Round Pond fractured her knee in April 2007 and was retired.

Round Pond was sold at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Selected Mixed sale. Rick and his wife Betsy flew into Lexington to see their prized mare sell. She brought $5,750,000 from Darley, making her the highest priced broodmare or broodmare prospect to sell at Fasig-Tipton, the second highest of 2007, and one of the top ten highest priced in the world.