Beautiful Pleasure

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Beautiful Pleasure
Sire Maudlin
Grandsire Foolish Pleasure
Dam Beautiful Bid
Damsire Baldski
Sex Mare
Foaled 1995
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Farnsworth Farms
Owner John C. Oxley
Trainer John T. Ward, Jr.
Record 25:10-5-2
Earnings US$2,734,078
Major wins
Matron Stakes (1997)
Beldame Stakes (1999)
Personal Ensign Handicap (1999, 2000)
Hempstead Handicap (2000)
Shuvee Handicap (2000) Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1999)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1999)

Beautiful Pleasure (March 31, 1995 – August 11, 2011) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse who won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Distaff and was voted that year's American Champion Older Female Horse.

Bred in Florida by Farnsworth Farms, winner of the 1996 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder, Beautiful Pleasure was sired by multiple stakes winner Maudlin, a son of 1975 Kentucky Derby winner and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Foolish Pleasure. She was and out of the mare Beautiful Bid, a daughter of Balkski who was a son of the 1970 English Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky. [1] She was sold to John Oxley for $480,000 by Farnsworth Farms through the April 1997 Keeneland sale for two-year-olds in training.

Racing career

Trained by John Ward, Jr., she was a winner of six Grade I races at age two, four, and five, three of which came during her 1999, Championship season.[2]


When her racing career was over, Beautiful Pleasure served as a broodmare for owner John Oxley's Fawn Leap Farm near Midway, Kentucky. The most successful of her foals to race was Dr. Pleasure, sired by the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, Thunder Gulch.

Suffering from chronic laminitis, Beautiful Pleasure was humanely euthanized on August 11, 2011. [3]

Pedigree of Beautiful Pleasure
Foolish Pleasure What A Pleasure Bold Ruler
Grey Flight
Fool-Me-Not Tom Fool
Zonta Dr. Fager Rough'n Tumble
Santa Tina Santa Claus
Reine des Bois
Beautiful Bid
Baldski Nijinsky Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
Too Bald Bald Eagle
Hidden Talent
Biddy Big Palestinian Sun Again
Dolly Whisk
Spoony Devil Diver