View Full Version : Peppers Pride: 19 19-0-0 formally retired to the shed .. in KY

Mar. 26, 2007, 09:32 AM
I'm not sure if there is "big game" to be had in Sun Land, NM (10 minutes west of El Paso, TX) although they did just have the noted Winstar Derby a few weeks ago. Anyhow, 4-yr old filly Peppers Pride born in New Mexico and racing at that track is now 9 for 9 lifetime with 6 of them being stakes races.

DRF Mar 24, 2007 (http://horseracing.sportsline.com/cbs/headlines/showarticle.aspx?articleId=17330) noted that she won the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap on Sat (3/24). She was carrying 124 lbs for the 1-mile race.

Ridden by Carlos Madeira, Peppers Pride covered the distance in 1:38.42. She paid $4.80 for the win; inexplicably she was not the favorite. The winner's share of $60,000 pushes her career earnings to $476,645 from those nine wins in as many starts.

The El Paso newspaper, The Border Observer, covered her 8th victory last month in an allowance over over mares with photo of the effort: Photo: Pepper's Pride Unbeaten (8 for 8) (http://borderobserver.com/note.php?noteid=076a0c97d09cf1a0ec3e19c7f2529f2b)

Good for her!

Mar. 26, 2007, 09:58 AM
I'm pretty sure that that picture that goes with that article is not of the horse/race in question. Looks like a QH race. Have you ever seen a mile race finish with horses spread out across the track? On a straight European course maybe, but not in the US.

Mar. 26, 2007, 11:17 AM
I'm pretty sure that that picture that goes with that article is not of the horse/race in question. Looks like a QH race.

Valid observation and they do have QH races predominantly there at Sun Land. That article - as I failed to cite - was published 2007-02-22

So, will the real Pepper's Pride please stand up so that we can see her :)

Mega Rock
Mar. 26, 2007, 11:49 AM
Well on Pedigree Query it has a photo of her. (although you shouldn't really bank of the validity of Pedigree Query) http://www.pedigreequery.com/peppers+pride

Mar. 26, 2007, 12:59 PM
Wow! Great for her!!

Mar. 26, 2007, 06:47 PM
Some of her race videos are on the Calracing site. She's an amazing closer. The picture on her pedigreequery looks correct -- in all the videos she's got a white shadow roll and the silks are red.

May. 15, 2007, 11:38 AM
As spied by Equidaily.com

The gal has now a record of 10 starts and 10 wins with her victory on Sunday!

Farmington, New Mexico 'The Daily Times' May 15, 2007 (http://www.daily-times.com/sports/ci_5890520)

Peppers Pride remains perfect

FARMINGTON - Undefeated horses don't come along very often. The odds just don't work out that well.

When one considers that the natural odds of any horse winning just three races in a row is about 4-to-1, then the story of Peppers Pride is starting to take on some much more significant detail.

Peppers Pride, a New Mexico-bred filly by Desert God, extended her career unbeaten streak to 10 with a hard-fought victory over Skirt Alert in Saturday's $79,600 New Mexico Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino.

Trained by Joel Marr, Peppers Pride was ridden to victory by Carlos Madeira, who has been her pilot since she broke her maiden on July 16, 2005.

Victories in the La Senora Handicap at Sunland Park and the New Mexico Filly Cup at Zia Park last year have only enhanced the reputation of Peppers Pride, who made her SunRay Park debut an impressive one. She covered 6 and one-half furlongs in 1 minute 17 and 2/5 seconds, equalling her fastest time at that distance in her career.

Saturday's score increased Peppers Pride's lifetime earnings to over $524,000 for her owner H. Joe Allen. Hallowed Dreams is the current standard-bearer among lifetime winning streaks. The Louisiana-bred filly won her first 16 starts, the longest such streak in modern day racing history. Personal Ensign, considered to be by many the finest racehorse to ever retire unbeaten, won her first 13 starts before retiring in 1989 after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Realizing history is another step closer each time Peppers Pride steps onto the track, Marr remains light-hearted about the whole matter.

"We just take things one race at a time," Marr said after Saturday's winners circle ceremony. "She tells us when she's ready to go and we just let her do her thing."

Early in the NM Distaff Handicap, Peppers Pride raced in close contention to the leader Bay View Sue while a bit wide down the backstretch. Madeira launched his bid aboard Peppers Pride as the field hit the far turn, engaging the leader at the head of the stretch.

Skirt Alert rallied on the outside of Peppers Pride as those two seperated themselves from the rest of the field. At the wire, Peppers Pride had a long neck in front of Skirt Alert, who surprisingly was sent off as the slight favorite in the race despite Peppers Pride's win streak.

There's no immediate timetable for Peppers' next start, but it seems obvious to most that her next start will be followed closely as she continues on her quest towards racing immortality.

May. 18, 2007, 11:36 AM
WOW! Must be an Amazing horse! I am going to go see if I can find some of her races on the internet. Just, WOW! :D

May. 18, 2007, 12:08 PM
I am going to go see if I can find some of her races on the internet.

Calracing.com [via their race replay feature] has some of her racing efforts, but none since her March effort. Oddly that effort of last weekend is not even listed (typically it would be grayed out if unavailable) ...

May. 20, 2007, 12:47 PM
I went to Calracing and saw that....
But, I forgot that the Mac didn't have the video program to watch the race, so my night is booked for race watching :)

Nov. 8, 2007, 07:50 PM
Bloodhorse "Peppers Pride Chases 13th Straight" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=41960)

Joe Allen's homebred Peppers Pride puts her 12-race streak on the line in the $170,000 Championship Fillies and Mares, a six-furlong sprint in which 12 are entered. She is chasing the modern-day record of 16 wins to begin a career held jointly by Mister Frisky and Hallowed Dreams. Peppers Pride has enjoyed her success racing entirely against state breds.

Trained by Joel Marr, the 4-year-old daughter of Desert God-Lady Pepper (by Chilli Pepper Pie) has won at each of the previous New Mexico Cup events, taking the Juvenile Filly race in 2005 and the Filly Championship last year. The dark bay scored a dominating seven-length win of a Zia Park allowance race Oct. 22 in preparation for this. A lifetime earner of $572,465, she is 4-for-4 at the Hobbs track.

Nov. 8, 2007, 09:15 PM
This mare is the poster child for homebreds and regional breeding, too. With the exception of her full brother (also a SW of over $100k), this is an obscure pedigree that most "experts" would ridicule a breeder for.

I know she isn't running against the best company, but isn't this what horse racing is about? Winning races? I'd rather have a cheaply bred Peppers Pride than a stellarly (is that a word?) bred The Green Monkey. This horse should give regional breeders delight. :yes:

Nov. 8, 2007, 09:32 PM
Bloodhorse "Peppers Pride Chases 13th Straight" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=41960)

Good for her and her connections! I think this is great! :D

And, yes, SleepyFox I totally agree with your post... I mean, after all, how many of us could ever imagine owning such an expensive horse as TGM? Pepper seems to be a great horse! Beauty (expense) is, as beauty (expense) does... :)

Nov. 8, 2007, 10:22 PM
Not to steal any of the limelight from Peppers Pride, but there is a Canadian mare who is also racing this weekend in a litmus test of her own winning streak: Monashee.

ESPN "Hastings regular Monashee steps up to Woodbine-level" (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=finley_bill&id=3100326)

Out of Hastings Park in British Columbia, Canada, the 5-year-old mare by Wolf Power has won 11 straight, all of them stakes races. She hasn't lost since May 2006, is 17-for-22 lifetime, has won under 130 pounds and so towered over her competition in her last start that she paid $2.10 when winning the Ballerina Stakes at Hastings, a five-eighths track in Vancouver.

Monashee faces 11 others in Saturday's [Nov 10] $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine.

Purchased for a mere $14,000 (CND) as a yearling, I'm sure she's brought her owners more thrills then most million dollar Keeneland auction horses.

So we have two gals who, while not facing anything near Grade 1 company, each are looking to extend their unbeaten streaks this weekend. Good luck to them both! :)

Nov. 8, 2007, 11:37 PM
Not to steal any of the limelight from Peppers Pride, but there is a Canadian mare who is also racing this weekend in a litmus test of her own winning streak: Monashee.

ESPN "Hastings regular Monashee steps up to Woodbine-level" (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=finley_bill&id=3100326)

Monashee faces 11 others in Saturday's [Nov 10] $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine.

Purchased for a mere $14,000 (CND) as a yearling, I'm sure she's brought her owners more thrills then most million dollar Keeneland auction horses.

So we have two gals who, while not facing anything near Grade 1 company, each are looking to extend their unbeaten streaks this weekend. Good luck to them both! :)

Right about now, I would be head over heels happy with a 12 race win streak in $2500 claimers. I may need a map to the winner's circle its been so long.
Best of luck to both noble fillies.

Nov. 9, 2007, 09:16 AM
Both these mares are just awesome. Congrats to all the connections. Beauty definitely is as beauty does.

I remember one of the very first things that was said to me on my first day working at the track:

"It's really hard to win a race. That's why everyone goes crazy when they do."

I'm pretty sure the assistant trainer was just trying to explain all the hungover people and empty liquor bottles around the barn to my nervous, teenaged self, though! :lol:

Nov. 9, 2007, 04:20 PM
what a great story! and clearly, they're doing right by their horses (and are being nicely rewarded.)

Nov. 10, 2007, 04:12 PM
Monashee faces 11 others in Saturday's [Nov 10] $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine.

This goes off as the 8th race at 4:28 pm EST SAT (http://www.drf.com/entries/10/eWO10.html?rn=583060#8); Monashee breaks from the #2 PP and this is at 1 1/4 mi on the all-weather track.

TVG doesn't air Woodbine races, maybe HRTV does.

Nov. 10, 2007, 04:17 PM
Pepper's Pride run's Sunday (Nov 10) in the 9th race "New Mexico Cup Classic Championship Stakes" which goes off at 4:09 CST (http://www.drf.com/entries/11/eZIA11.html?rn=583060#9)

9 horses in that race which should be aired on TVG ;)

Nov. 10, 2007, 06:03 PM
This goes off as the 8th race at 4:28 pm EST SAT (http://www.drf.com/entries/10/eWO10.html?rn=583060#8); Monashee breaks from the #2 PP and this is at 1 1/4 mi on the all-weather track.

TVG doesn't air Woodbine races, maybe HRTV does.

calracing.com/replays has the replay (http://calracing.com/replays.php) - sorry to break it to folks but the streak in Canada is over ...

What is odd is the audio from Woodbine. It sounds like all of four guys are there watching the race.

Nov. 11, 2007, 08:27 PM
She did it! (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=41997) :cool:

Nov. 11, 2007, 09:02 PM
Three cheers for Pepper! How exciting for her connections! :)

Nov. 12, 2007, 09:24 AM
Woo Hoo!! Way to go!! That's so great! :D

Nov. 12, 2007, 12:39 PM
Somewhat randomly, I was just trying to think of her name yesterday (and couldn't, ugh).

Cheers to Pepper's Pride!

Nov. 12, 2007, 01:04 PM
Unfortunately her race of yesterday does not appear to be part of the Calracing.com library of videos. The last race viewable by Pepper's Pride is from 3/24/2007.

I missed her effort on TVG as I DVR'd the sprogram which ended 1 minute before post time. They didn't air the race until their coverage changed into the next segment which I didn't program in to record :(

Nov. 12, 2007, 02:14 PM
As cited:

[Pepper's Pride] is chasing the modern day record of 16 consecutive wins to begin a career held jointly by Mister Frisky and Hallowed Dreams.

(Worth mentioning that Citation & Cigar both hold 16-race streaks - the modern record - but never started their career's with that streak, which is the distinction between them and Mister Frisky and Hallowed Dreams)

Mister Frisky at 2-yrs old was Puerto Rico's Horse of the Year (1989); his 16 consecutive win streak ended in the 1990 Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Gary Stevens he finished 8th with the famed Unbridled taking the victory for Mrs. Frances A. Genter in the well known emotional victory.

Mister Frisky set two track records in his career. His final record: 20 starts 16-1-2

Louisiana-born and raced almost exclusively there (3 starts were in Texas), Hallowed Dreams (f), at 3-yrs old brought her 16-0 streak to the Fair Grounds in August 2000. She finished 3rd in the $35,000 Millennium Stakes in. Winning on turf and dirt the gal later developed ankle problems and was retired in July 2002.

Like Mister Frisky, Hallowed Dreams also set two track records in her career. One at the Fair Grounds and another at Evangeline Downs, the latter being in just her 3rd start. Her final record: 30 starts 25-1-3

Nov. 12, 2007, 10:16 PM
I missed her effort on TVG as I DVR'd the sprogram which ended 1 minute before post time. They didn't air the race until their coverage changed into the next segment which I didn't program in to record :(

Oh, I feel your pain. I now record 1 hr before and after post time!

Funny side story. On Breeders Cup day, while I was parked in front of the tv bc there was no way I was going to trust my 2 vcrs and dvr, my friend who is new horse racing fan went up to the Penn State game (HUH?). I said "but you'll miss it!!!" He said "no, I dvr'ed it".

At midnight I get a call...."Where is the last race, where is the classic???? The program stopped recording after the turf race". I died laughing. I knew he didn't bother to notice there were actually 2 horse race shows on ESPN within those 6 hours. Whooohooo. Go Penn State, who lost btw :lol:

Dec. 15, 2007, 10:06 AM
She's back on Sunday at Sunland. But with a lot of weight!

9th (3:35)

New Mexico State Racing Commission H.

6 Furlongs | Fillies and Mares | 3 Year Olds And Up Stakes | Purse: $125,000

Prg. # PP Horse Jockey Trainer Wt. Claim $ Equip. Med. ML
1 1 Complete Pride Martinez S Marr Joel H 113 L 10-1
2 2 Let the Musicbegin Murphy B G Greenwood Claire B 116 L 8-1
3 3 Hang Glide Villa M A Hone Bart 118 L 6-1
4 4 Hollywood Gone Juarez A J Jr Danley Fred I 117 L 6-1
5 5 Peppers Pride Madeira C D Marr Joel H 127 L 1-2
6 6 Magic Muse Bui Q E Dennison Dan H 113 L 10-1

Dec. 15, 2007, 11:41 AM
Wow, that is a lot of weight! :eek:

Jingles for her win!! :D

Dec. 15, 2007, 11:48 AM
That is a lot of weight for a mare in a non-graded race. But she earned it. ;)

Fingers crossed for #14! She already made it past unlucky 13, so this should be a cake walk. :lol:

Dec. 15, 2007, 01:36 PM
That IS alot of weight!! I hope she wins despite it! :)

Dec. 16, 2007, 11:25 AM
DRF 12-14-07 "Big burden for Peppers Pride" (http://drf.com/news/article/91012.html)


Peppers Pride defeated nine others in her last start, the $182,000 New Mexico Cup Filly and Mare at Zia Park, but has just five rivals Sunday. One of them, however, is Hang Glide, a closer who finished second by two lengths in the Filly and Mare. She is weighted at 118 pounds, nine less than Peppers Pride.

"We were equal weights in our last out," said Joel Marr, who trains Peppers Pride for her breeder, Joe Allen.

Peppers Pride is picking up four pounds off the Filly and Mare, but will be carrying the same amount she did three races back when she won the $45,000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso in July. The runner-up in that race, Theregoesdancer, toted 121. Marr said the weight spread in the New Mexico Racing Commission is his biggest concern.

"She's training well, feeling good," he said of Peppers Pride. "I feel good about her. I don't feel good about having to carry nine more pounds than the next-weighted horse."

Dec. 16, 2007, 05:41 PM
She did it!

Dec. 16, 2007, 05:42 PM
She is now 14-0!

Peppers Pride wins with the extra weight - her class over that field shows as she overtakes the leader in the final corner and stretchs out to win by a couple of lengths!

There is no horse in modern racing history who has gone 15-0 so the next streak holders are all at 16-0.

Dec. 16, 2007, 05:53 PM
She looked good doing it, too. Weight? What weight!?

Dec. 16, 2007, 06:34 PM
SHE WON SHE WON SHE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dec. 16, 2007, 06:49 PM
fantastic! cheers, alex

Dec. 16, 2007, 10:09 PM
From the TB Times Dec 16, 2007 (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2007/December/16/Undefeated-Peppers-Pride-scores-again-at-Sunland.aspx):

Peppers Pride won for the seventh time in as many starts this season and increased her earnings to $756,665. She could be pointed to the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap on March 23 at Sunland.

Equibase chart for the race here (http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pdf/SUN121607USA9.pdf)

Dec. 17, 2007, 09:31 AM
Woo hoo!!! :D Way to go Pepper's Pride! :cool:

Dec. 17, 2007, 10:28 AM
In case anyone is wondering about Man O'War's win streak:

He lost in the Sanford Stakes Aug 14, 1919 (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9F07E7D81338EE32A25757C1A96E9C94 6896D6CF) in what was his 7th start; he went on to finish as we know with 21 starts 20-1-0

Dec. 17, 2007, 11:27 AM
I am thinking road trip!!!!

Dec. 17, 2007, 10:03 PM
El Paso Times Dec 17, 2007 "Filly stays Perfect" (http://www.elpasotimes.com/sports/ci_7739814)

Also ...

Regarding Pepper's Pride next start in March 2008 (http://drf.com/news/article/91054.html) - $100,000 Sydney Valentini for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland:

"You’re going to have a bigger field and new bunch of fresh horses,” said Joel Marr, who trains Peppers Pride. “There’s new blood in the 3-year-olds, and there’s always a chance for horses to get better. It’s going to get tougher.”

With the Valentini not until March 23, and with Peppers Pride just two wins shy of equaling the modern mark of 16 consecutive wins shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky, Marr and the filly’s owner, Joe Allen, have some tough decisions to make. On Monday, Marr said he would explore options outside New Mexico.

“We’d like to stay here,” he said. “We’d like to run in that race in March. That would be our first choice. But there’s a limit to how much weight we’re going to spot the rest of the horses, and a limit to the weight that she’s going to carry, for her own health and safety. So, it just all depends on those things.

“A lot of things are up in the air right now. Mainly, we’re just concerned about her, making sure she’s healthy and ready to go if we decide to go somewhere. Or if we stay and we’re not going to run until March, she’s going to get a little break.”

As for hitting 16 straight wins, Marr is not looking too far ahead.

“We’ll think about 15 next, and let the chips fall where they may,” he said. “It would be something special, but we can’t get there until we get through the next two, so were going to take them one at a time.”

Dec. 18, 2007, 09:57 AM
It's nice that is seems they area truly concerned for her welfare and not just chasing a record.

Dec. 18, 2007, 10:21 AM
Pepper's connections are so much nicer than the trainer in Puerto Rico or wherever who has the horse with the longest losing streak, Dona Chepa... that horse was declared unraceable by the vet, but he said he was STILL going to try to run her another couple times "just because." :rolleyes:

Dec. 18, 2007, 10:28 AM
I looked at her pedigree and thought it was really nice. Did you mean it was not commercially(sale) good? If so, why? Seems successful on both sides and the pics of the sire make him look gorgeous. Clearly I am a tb sporthorse lover and not up on fashion in racing!

Dec. 18, 2007, 10:38 AM
I looked at her pedigree and thought it was really nice. Did you mean it was not commercially(sale) good? If so, why? Seems successful on both sides and the pics of the sire make him look gorgeous. Clearly I am a tb sporthorse lover and not up on fashion in racing!

No, her pedigree is not commercially attractive at all. She's by an unraced, regional sire out of a dam by a non-blacktype sire. The whole bottom half of her pedigree might as well just read "Who???" for the first 3 generations. :winkgrin:

She is the poster girl for state-bred programs, though. I always love to see horses with non-traditional paper have success.

Dec. 18, 2007, 11:03 AM
It just shows sometimes some really enjoyable racing comes from horses by Who? out of Never Heard of Her (Or Her Daddy).

'Love that Fappiano though.

Due's Mom
Dec. 25, 2007, 11:15 PM
I've certainly heard of the sire. He was donated to the University of Arizona Horse Program and I bred my TB mare to him in 1996 and have the subsequent foal. My mare looks almost identical to Pepper's Pride only she has a nicer head.

Desert God is fairly consistent in what he throws. He was unraced due to supposedly OCD in his shoulder. He came to the U of A when he was two and only left a few years ago. If I told you how cheaply he sold for you would be aghast since his stud fee is supposedly more than his purchase price

His dam won the Kentucky Oaks

Dec. 26, 2007, 01:00 PM
She's by an unraced, regional sire.

whose dam happens to be the second dam of Jazil and Rags to Riches. . .

Feb. 7, 2008, 09:30 PM
Not to steal any of the limelight from Peppers Pride, but there is a Canadian mare who is also racing this weekend in a litmus test of her own winning streak: Monashee.

ESPN "Hastings regular Monashee steps up to Woodbine-level" (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=finley_bill&id=3100326)

No 2008 battle between the gals - Monashee is done with racing but is in fine condition:

DRF 2-7-08 "Monashee leaves for breeding shed" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/92133.html)

Monashee, the winner of 18 of 24 starts, including 11 consecutive stakes in western Canada, has been retired and sent to Kentucky to be bred, according to her trainer, Tracy McCarthy.

Feb. 10, 2008, 06:20 PM
DRF 2-7-08 "Monashee leaves for breeding shed" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/92133.html)

And further worth noting: Champion Monashee has been booked to Hard Spun.

Feb. 20, 2008, 08:57 PM
Is anybody a member to view this article on drf.com?

War Pass? He's no Peppers Pride
DICK JERARDI 02/20/2008 (Subscribers only)

Mar. 19, 2008, 09:39 PM
She's baaaaaack!

Peppers Pride chases history
Peppers Pride, a 5-year-old mare who is unbeaten in 14 starts, will try to take another step closer to history in Sunday's $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park. The mile race, for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares 3 years old and up, drew a field of seven.

Peppers Pride, owned by Joseph Allen and trained by Joel Marr, hasn't raced since capturing the New Mexico Racing Commission Handicap here Dec.o16. That was by design, however, as Marr specifically said after that race that the Valentini was her next target.

A victory Sunday would get Peppers Pride within one win of the modern-day record of 16 consecutive victories. The record is shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky.

Mar. 19, 2008, 10:07 PM
A victory Sunday would get Peppers Pride within one win of the modern-day record of 16 consecutive victories. The record is shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky.

Bah! The modern day record is 17 wins held by Silent Witness. Why do they always choose to ignore this? Just because he didn't race in America?

Mar. 21, 2008, 11:58 AM
Whether 16 or 17 is the modern record (U.S. vs. int'l), were any of these mares? GOOOOOOOOOOO Pepper's Pride!!!

Mar. 21, 2008, 01:17 PM
I would assume the writers only failed to qualify this as being a modern North American record. No ill will intended. It is not unlike the oft cited stat of Cigar as holding the highest earning TB - that too is just for NA. The Japanese runner something or other Opera (yea the name escapes me now) has more earnings.

Mar. 21, 2008, 04:21 PM
DRF 3-21-08 "Peppers Pride bids for 15 in row" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/93136.html)

Peppers Pride takes another step toward making history when she goes in search of her 15th consecutive win in Sunday's $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park.

The mile race, for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares, drew a field of seven, and the 5-year-old Peppers Pride carries high weight of 125 pounds.

The competition:

The new threat is Good Looker RF. Trained by Armando Quintanilla Jr., the 4-year-old Good Looker RF comes off two straight stakes victories. She won the New Mexico Cup Filly at Zia Park on Nov. 11 and then the La Coneja Handicap locally on Dec. 22. All her action has been sprinting, so she tries a new game here.

That sprint speed likely puts her on or near the lead early and may allow her to get first run on Peppers Pride. Ken Tohill rides at 120 pounds.

Theregoesdancer has become something of punching bag for Peppers Pride. She was beaten by Peppers Pride in seven straight races from October 2006 to November 2007, finishing second to that rival on five of those occasions. After spending so much fuel chasing Peppers Pride, Theregoesdancer was a modest fifth sprinting on Feb. 8. She makes her first start for trainer Jimmie Claridge, who adds blinkers. Glen Murphy rides.

Wild Gini comes into the race in peak form, having won three in a row and four of her last five. She has done all her work sprinting against claiming and allowance foes, so the distance and class level here are hurdles.

I *think* TVG will air the race

Mar. 23, 2008, 07:39 PM
Perfect! Congrats to her and her connections.


Pepper's Pride wins the 11th race, the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap, at Sunland Park (http://www.drf.com/results/23/rSUN23.html?rn=870691#11) today


Mar. 23, 2008, 08:17 PM
I watched it via calracing.com
I was so nervous for her! Good for her and good for Sunland (I'm an NMSU grad ;))

Mar. 23, 2008, 11:31 PM
Yay for Peppers Pride!

I'm another one who gets nervous for her. I know if I watch the race or get too excited for her, she'll lose. :lol:

Mar. 24, 2008, 08:51 PM
Woo hoo Pepper!!!! Way to go girl! SO excited for her and her connections!! Awesome! :D

Mar. 25, 2008, 08:18 AM
Way to go Pepper! Rooting for 18 and a record to herself.

Mar. 26, 2008, 08:42 AM
As an aside .. Pepper is not alone at 15-0 although the other horse, a he, is chasing after win number 16 is a Paint .... DRF 3-25-08 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/93207.html)

Got Country Grip, a paint horse who has won all 15 of his starts, will go for his 16th win Thursday night in an allowance race at Remington Park. He will start in the ninth, a 350-yard allowance for paints and Appaloosas, with G. R. Carter Jr. aboard for trainer Brandon Parum.

Mar. 27, 2008, 01:10 PM
A bit more on the coverage of Got Country Grip who runs tonight towards history. Who knows maybe he'll be the Dash For Cash of the paint sprinters ...

Saratogian 3-27 "Obscure horse looking for history" (http://www.saratogian.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.pgpath=%2FTST%2FSports%2FHorse+Racing&r21.content=%2FTST%2FSports%2FHorse+Racing%2FTopSt oryList_Story_1805036)

The first time Maddux saw the colt for which he traded, he wasn’t impressed.

“He was sickly looking and snotty-nosed,” Maddux recalled. “There was a 40 mph wind and snow on the ground, and I thought, ’What have I done?’ He looked rough.”

But soon enough, Got Country Grip began blossoming physically. Parum, by then operating in Oklahoma, came to pick up the horse at Maddux’s ranch and marveled at his growth.

The breaking process didn’t start smoothly, as the horse jumped over a 6-foot fence surrounding a pen. But Got Country Grip’s talent soon began showing, said Carter, who helped Parum break the horse.

“I told (Parum), ’You can get rid of all the rest of them and keep this one.’ It was obvious from the beginning that he was really a great horse,” Carter said. “But no one could predict the kind of success he’s had.”

Paint-horse racing, much like quarter horse racing, consists mainly of straightaway sprints, leaving little margin for error. A slow start — or any other minor mishap — usually dooms a horse to also-ran status.

But in a sport in which wins are measured in fractions of lengths and tenths or hundredths of a second, Got Country Grip has dominated. His two most recent wins came by 3 lengths and 1 3-4 lengths.

It's a little like Golden Hare in the claimers and Peppers Pride in NM - they do their his jobs and exceptionally well no less. We're not talk about running for $1M or in some huge graded stakes race but all three don't know that and frankly fans shouldn't care either when seeing a horse try his/her best.

As provided by a lurker who would like to see Got Country Grip try his hand in a point to point :D pdf July '07 "The Greatest Paint Horse Ever?" ("http://www.texashorsetalk.com/GotGripStory.pdf"[/url)

Good luck to him and his connections tonight.

Mar. 28, 2008, 12:07 AM
Sweet Sixteen - the paint racer did it!

AP 3-27-08 "Paint horse Got Country Grip wins 16th straight race" (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/28/sports/RAC-Remington-Park-Got-Country-Grip.php)

The win at Remington Park on Thursday night tied Got Country Grip with four thoroughbreds, including two racing greats, 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation and North America's leading money winner, Cigar.

Ridden by G.R. Carter, Got Country Grip stumbled at the start but recovered to beat Bust N Moves by three-quarters of a length, with Boy of Summer third.

Got Country Grip is 16-for-16 lifetime for trainer Brandon Parum and owner Jimmy Maddux of Weatherford, Texas. He went off at 1-5 odds and covered the 350 yards in 17.701 seconds, aided by a 20 mph tailwind.

Not his winning run, but a video of how convincingly he's won before: youtube.com Got Country Grip from Nov 2007 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdryFFYb5P8)

Apr. 13, 2008, 11:23 AM
Back to Pepper's Pride - her next start will be April 26th!

Bloodhorse 4-12 "Peppers Pride Runs for Record at SunRay" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com//viewstory.asp?id=44556)

.. plan to run the undisputed queen of New Mexico racing in the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs. Peppers Pride won her 15th successive race at Sunland Park March 23.

"It's been something really special," Marr, 40, said April 11 of the streak.

Marr reported Peppers Pride "is doing really good" since her last win, the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap over state-breds at a mile, which was her first start in more than three months. Marr said Allen "is getting pretty nervous" as the record approaches while the trainer has been able to maintain an even approach. "He's a little more excitable than I am," he explained.

Apr. 24, 2008, 02:24 PM
Not otherwise noted on the BB was the fact that "Got Country Grip" was nipped by a head at the final jump by Bust N Moves and so did not accomplish 17 wins in a row. However the upside is that his attempt yielded the largest crowd at Remington Park since 1989 (http://www.newsok.com/article/3234170/) at 12,901.

As for Peppers Pride going for 16 in a row to tie the North American record (http://racing.bloodhorse.com//viewstory.asp?id=44773) that attempt will be April 26.

in the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington, NM.

The 5-year-old mare will shoulder high weight of 127 pounds as she attempts to join Citation, Cigar, Mister Frisky and Hallowed Dreams in an exclusive circle of Thoroughbreds that have won 16 races in a row. Peppers Pride will spot her rivals between six and 14 pounds in the 6 1/2-furlong event. The race is contested around two turns.

The field:

$75,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap
(Race 9, 5:27 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up,
6 1/2 Furlongs

PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Miss Possibility (NM), 116, Brian J. Theriot
2. Charlie's Pizzazz (NM), 113, Victor Escobar
3. Rylie Cheyenne (NM), 114, David Wilder Essman
4. Let the Musicbegin (NM), 118, Ricardo Jaime
5. Pache Slew (NM), 118, Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.
6. Bossy Bush (NM), 121, Jorge M. Bourdieu << 4-0 last four starts
7. Peppers Pride (NM), 127, Carlos D. Madeira
8. Complete Pride (NM), 116, Quyet E. Bui
9. Busy Little Pistol (NM), 115, Travis Wales

Apr. 25, 2008, 01:11 PM
So exciting! Go Pepper go!! :D

Apr. 26, 2008, 11:28 PM
She did it!!!! Yay Pepper!!! :yes:

Apr. 27, 2008, 08:28 AM
:D Awesome!

Apr. 27, 2008, 10:12 PM
Kudos to her for what sounds like a rough trip - as equidaily lamented rightfully - there are no replays of her historic effort which is foolish.

ESPN 4-27 "Peppers Pride ties record with 16th straight win" (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=3370838)

Peppers Pride overcame being soundly bumped in the first turn of the $75,000 Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M. on Saturday to win her 16th straight race and tie the modern mark for consecutive victories by a North American-based Thoroughbred. She now shares the record with Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky.

Peppers Pride, who is undefeated, began her career in July 2005. She has raced exclusively in New Mexico-bred company, and won her 12th stakes race in the Foutz Distaff. Peppers Pride overcame a host of variables to get the victory, among them spotting her rivals between 6 and 11 pounds as the 127-pound highweight, and vanning 400 miles from Sunland Park for the race. Joel Marr, who trains Peppers Pride for her breeder, Joe Allen, said he felt "relieved" shortly after the mare reached the record on Saturday.

"She deserves to be where she is now, and she'll be there forever," Marr said. "She's a tremendous athlete, and I'm glad we were the ones to help her along the way."

Next up might be Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on July 27.

Apr. 29, 2008, 01:47 PM
Did a horse break down in that race?

Apr. 29, 2008, 03:53 PM
Did a horse break down in that race?
There is no indication of that in the chart (http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pdf/SRP042608USA9.pdf).

Go Pep!

May. 7, 2008, 08:35 AM
There is no indication of that in the chart (http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pdf/SRP042608USA9.pdf).

Go Pep!

fyi - Bossy Bush broke down past the wire and was euthanized after suffering a broken right front leg

May. 23, 2008, 03:01 PM
Any updates on her training progress? Is she still scheduled for Ruidoso in July? I think I want to make a pilgrimage to watch the race... :yes:

May. 23, 2008, 10:20 PM
I quit working in the racing industry and moved to Texas to work at a dressage barn...

...And now oddly enough, I have a connection, lol.

My boss' life-long best friend... her husband owns (bred, etc.) Pepper's Pride.

I can't remember the date, but she did say her next start would be at Ruidoso. The day after her husband's birthday - so hopefully I will be able to weasel my way to the party and thus the race ;)

She is throwing a party for my boss' son Sunday, so I will have to ask when that race will be.

(((((she did mention a possible start at Lone Star. shhhh!))))))

Jun. 17, 2008, 08:34 AM
My boss' life-long best friend... her husband owns (bred, etc.) Pepper's Pride.

I can't remember the date, but she did say her next start would be at Ruidoso. The day after her husband's birthday - so hopefully I will be able to weasel my way to the party and thus the race ;)

That is a pretty neat link and I hope you do get to see her make that historic attempt at the 17-consecutive wins. All indications are that it will be the $45000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs to be run July 27, 2008. This the same race she won last year making it her 11th straight (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2007/July/29/Peppers-Pride-remains-unbeaten-in-Lincoln-Handicap.aspx).

The five-year old mare by Deser God now has lifetime earnings of $861,665.

Like Peppers Pride, Hallowed Dreams and Mister Frisky won the first 16 races of their careers to reach the record. Cigar and Citation put a 16-race win streak together in the midst of their careers.

Maybe Ruidoso Downs will promote the race like Remington Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHt3x4bnWS8) did for Got Country Grip (a paint sprinter) in his failed attempt at 17 straight; it did result in record crowds.

Jul. 14, 2008, 11:29 PM
Still no confirmation that she'll run on the 27th of July and her connections won't give the green light until a few days before, but all the signs are there that baring something odd she'll try to break the record then

Las Cruses Sun/Associated Press July 14, 2008 "Mare will go for No. 17 at Ruidoso Downs" (http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_9878423)

Peppers Pride, a New Mexico-bred mare that has won 16 straight starts, is targeting a July 27 race at Ruidoso Downs to try for a record-setting 17th straight victory.

"She's doing good. She's training good. Everything appears to be in order," trainer Joel Marr said Monday in a telephone interview.

Marr cautioned that the decision to enter the 6-furlong Lincoln Handicap won't be made until a few days before the race. He said it's likely she'll run but added that several factors, such as training and weather, could influence the decision.

"She won it last year and she's always run good at the track," Marr said. "We ran her previously at SunRay Park and this was the next logical place to run. It was either that or it would have been quite a while until the next race."

Along with Peppers Pride, Citation, Cigar, Mister Frisky, Hallowed Dreams and Got Country Grip are the only other horses in North America to win 16 races in a row with a saddled jockey.

Got Country Grip lost by a head in Oklahoma City in April.

Carlos Madeira, who has been in the stirrups for all 16 Peppers Pride victories, will ride the mare again at Ruidoso Downs, where she has been training.

Asked what No. 17 would mean, he said it would be nice if, years from now, horse racing fans remembered Peppers Pride.

"Not so much for me or for Carlos or the owner, Joe Allen, but it would mean something for racing in the Southwest, for New Mexico," Marr said. "Not so much for bragging rights, just something special for the horsemen around here."

Jul. 21, 2008, 10:22 AM
A bit on her dam/sire as well

Star-Telegram July 18, 2008 "Owner’s modesty could mean a record for his 5-year-old" (http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/story/766691.html)

Allen bought Desert God, the sire of Peppers Pride, nine years ago from the University of Arizona. What he described as an "inexpensive" purchase has turned golden. Desert God, who never raced, is a half-brother to Better Than Honour, the dam of Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.

Allen bought Lady Pepper, the dam of Peppers Pride, for $1,000. Lady Pepper made her debut on opening day, 1989, at G. Rollie White Downs, the first racetrack to operate in Texas in 32 years. And she made all but nine of her 49 starts in Texas, most of them at Trinity Meadows in Willow Park.

But it’s not just the combination of modest provenance and gaudy record that distinguishes her. Or even her bankroll of $861,655. What she has as much as anything is her uncommon determination.

"She has a great desire to win," said her trainer, Joel Marr. "She has some intangible thing that we didn’t teach her or give her — I don’t know what it is — but I know she has it."

Here is the honesty:

"I can’t afford to go run just for the glory," said her owner, Joseph Allen of Abilene. "And the purses are too good in New Mexico to run her anywhere else. We know there are a lot of horses out there she can’t beat, but there’s no reason to try to beat them."

An owner who doesn’t see his horses as an extension of his ego is refreshing. Allen doesn’t sell chicken Kiev at his barbecue restaurant in Abilene, and he’s not going to send his New Mexico-bred mare to Saratoga.

Jul. 23, 2008, 04:29 PM
Anyone hear any squeeling, moaning, whines? Nope but PP will be carrying significant weight for the undefeated gal. Just 1-lb less then Curlin did at Churchill for the Stephen Foster Handicap when he gave 11 pounds to his rival. Peppers Pride will be giving at least 11 lbs to her rivals.

DRF July 22, 2008 "Peppers Pride assigned 127 pounds for attempt at record" (http://drf.com/news/article/96578.html)

The undefeated Peppers Pride has been assigned high weigh of 127 pounds for the $55,000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, a race in which she will attempt to win for the 17th time and eclipse North America's modern mark for consecutive victories.

Peppers Pride equaled the record of 16 shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky in her last start, when she won the $75,000 Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M., on April 26.

The Lincoln Handicap is a six-furlong race for fillies and mares bred in New Mexico. Peppers Pride will likely spot each of her rivals at least 11 pounds, as there are four nominees weighted second on the list at 116 pounds. Entries for the race are to be taken on Thursday.

Jul. 23, 2008, 06:42 PM
Anyone hear any squeeling, moaning, whines? Nope but PP will be carrying significant weight for the undefeated gal. Just 1-lb less then Curlin did at Churchill for the Stephen Foster Handicap when he gave 11 pounds to his rival. Peppers Pride will be giving at least 11 lbs to her rivals.

DRF July 22, 2008 "Peppers Pride assigned 127 pounds for attempt at record" (http://drf.com/news/article/96578.html)

Everyone hope an pray that doll goes more south, or ruidoso will have rain this weekend!!!!!

Jul. 24, 2008, 11:21 PM
Yep - weather concerns exist so maybe/maybe not she'll run

BloodHorse 7-24 "Weather Could Alter Peppers Pride Plans" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/article/46288.htm)

"She is not going to run on an off track. She's never done it before and it doesn't seem like the right time to try it," Marr said July 23.


And Hallowed Dreams, who like Peppers Pride was undefeated in her first 16 starts while facing mostly Louisiana-bred opposition, finished third behind Sparkles of Luck in a stakes race established specifically for the record run by Evangeline Downs in 2000.

Internationally, Hong Kong's Silent Witness won 17 in succession before losing to Bullish Luck in the 2005 Champion's Mile (HK-I). Ajax won 18 straight races in Australia during the 1930s.

$55,000 Lincoln Handicap (Race 10, 4:54 p.m.)
State Bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs

PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Let the Musicbegin (NM), 116, Ricardo Jaime
2. Hollywood Gone (NM), 116, Ken S. Tohill
3. Peppers Pride (NM), 127, Carlos D. Madeira
4. Good Looker R F (NM), 116, Jorge M. Bourdieu
5. Charlie's Pizzazz (NM), 115 Alejandro Medellin
6. Lady Lance (NM), 114, Quyet E. Bui
7. Miss Possibility (NM), 111, Miguel A. Perez

Jul. 27, 2008, 05:03 PM
History will have to wait for mother nature

Assoc Press/New York Times 7-27-08 "Rains cancel Sunday races at Ruidoso Downs" (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/27/sports/RAC-Peppers-Pride-Races-Canceled.php)

A New Mexico mare's attempt at a record 17 victories in 17 starts was delayed when Ruidoso Downs postponed Sunday's races because of rain.

Peppers Pride had been entered in the 10th race, the 6-furlong Lincoln Handicap for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares. But Ruidoso Downs rescheduled the Zia Festival racing program after the remnants of Hurricane Dolly dropped more than six inches of rain in the area.

The races now are scheduled for Saturday, but Peppers Pride trainer Joel Marr said the mare might not run next weekend.

"It depends on if we get to train between now and then. ... If we don't have a place to train, we can't run," he said Sunday.

The track flooded two years ago, but Marr said this time is far worse.

Jul. 27, 2008, 09:41 PM
Good grief, for a brief moment the way the Blood Horse worded it, ("Hurricane Dolly rains on Peppers parade") I thought Hurricane Dolly was a horse! Whew! :D

Jul. 28, 2008, 05:03 PM
I'd all but assume that her connections will skip on the rescheduled Lincoln Handicap for this 1st weekend of August. BloodHorse "Peppers Pride May Skip Rescheduled Race" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/article/46345.htm)

Too many variables: the high weight with such a high spread between her and others, the lack of training time, and if this track is off at all.

Marr mentioned the $50,000 Carlos Salazar at 6 1/2 furlongs at the Downs at Albuquerque on Aug. 17 as a likely option for Peppers Pride's next start.

Aug. 11, 2008, 11:09 AM
Looks like she'll be making her 17th start at the end of the month .. althogh it appears there is some confusion if its Aug 30th or 31st.

Peppers Pride goes for record Aug. 31 (http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/aug/08/no-headline---closer/)

The Lincoln Handicap has now been rescheduled for Sunday, August 30.

Aug. 25, 2008, 10:24 AM
Correction on the date

TB Times 8/23 (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2008/August/23/Peppers-Pride-on-track-break-record.aspx)

Undefeated five-year-old mare Peppers Pride will try for a record-breaking 17th straight win on August 31 when she contests the Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs.

"It affected us quite a bit,” trainer Joel Marr said of the rain. “We lost training, but she has had two good works since them.”

She has not raced since winning the Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff Handicap on April 26 at SunRay Park.

TVG will air the race live.

Aug. 25, 2008, 01:54 PM
Very exciting! A shame I don't get TVG :(

Aug. 28, 2008, 08:21 PM
Post Positions for Sunday's record attempt are drawn:

$67,500 Lincoln Handicap (Race 10, 4:12 p.m. Mountain),
New Mexico-Bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs

PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mega Dome, 113, Mark A. Villa
2. Peppers Pride, 127, Carlos D. Madeira
3. Miss Possibility, 116, Joe A. Martinez
4. Good Looker R F, 117, Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.
5. Charlie's Pizzazz, 115, Alejandro Medellin
6. Silver Expression, 117, Miguel A. Perez
7. Complete Pride, 114, Jorge M. Bourdieu
8. Let the Musicbegin, 116, Ricardo Jaime

Damn - look at that weight .. spotting as much as 14-lbs and least is 10-lbs. If she wins it won't be served to her on a silver platter, thats for sure.

Pepper's Pride: Lifetime 16 16-0-0 and earnings of $861,665

Aug. 31, 2008, 01:54 PM
Well I'll be rooting for her in TN! :)

Aug. 31, 2008, 04:31 PM
I'm not 100% sure she won't be a late scratch the track is very sloppy. An off track is something her connections have been against running on all along.

Aug. 31, 2008, 04:37 PM
Confirmed just minutes ago: SCRATCHED from the Lincoln Handicap (Aug 31)

Aug. 31, 2008, 04:37 PM
TVG just confirmed the scratch. Another day, maybe.

Aug. 31, 2008, 05:41 PM
:( Bummer.

But her connections seem to know what is best for her.

Aug. 31, 2008, 09:35 PM

I was hoping she'd break the record for my birthday.

Aug. 31, 2008, 09:58 PM
Happy Birthday, Barnfairy!

Sep. 29, 2008, 09:51 PM
Game on: Pepper's Pride entered into an allowance race at Zia Park, Sat Oct 4th (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/article/47319.htm)

Sep. 30, 2008, 09:44 AM
Awesome! I was wondering about her... Good luck to her! :) Wonder if the race will be televised?!?

Sep. 30, 2008, 12:55 PM
Good luck to Pepper!

Oct. 3, 2008, 12:15 PM
Wonder if the race will be televised?!?

Only TVG will air it live. If she does break the record just maybe the race will be replayed elsewhere. I was vocal that the NTRA - regardless if this occurs in a semi-off-the-radar racing state like NM - should do more to promote fan enthusiasm. Having the race (even on a 10-minute delayed basis) shown on their website is the least they could've worked up.

AP 10-2-08 "Baffert: Record counts for New Mexico thoroughbred" (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/02/sports/RAC-Peppers-Pride.php)

Some have compared Peppers Pride's run to a minor league baseball record because she has never raced outside New Mexico, all of her starts have been against fillies and mares and she's never run on a sloppy track.

"Doesn't matter," Bob Baffert said. "It's significant. It's very difficult to win, no matter what. It's tougher in open company but it still takes a great horse to go out and win every time."

"I don't have the money to play with a lot of the big people," [Owner Joe Allen] said. "From a financial standpoint, this just makes more sense. We can get her beat. We know that. Our objective is to retire her sound."

Should she win this weekend, Marr said he'd view it as a team victory. He credits his owner, jockey, farrier, groom and veterinarian — "You consult your cabinet," he said, before adding, "It would be hers more than ours."

Zia Park, Sat Oct 4, Race #8 (3:17 PM local time) (http://www.drf.com/entries/04/eZIA04.html?rn=447104#8)

6 Furlongs | Fillies and Mares | 3 Year Olds And Up Allowance
Optional Claiming ($35,000) | Purse: $38,200

# PP Horse / Jockey / Wt.
1 Mega Dome / Tohill K 120
2 Complete Pride / Bourdieu J 120
3 Hang Glide / Villa M 120 L
4 Silver Expression / Perez M 120
5 Peppers Pride/ Madeira C 120 (Morning Line Odds: 4-5)
6 Miss Possibility / Medellin A 124

At equal weight I'd think her chances of winning are very, very significant

Oct. 3, 2008, 12:56 PM
At equal weight I'd think her chances of winning are very, very significant

Ditto! Very exciting!! :D

Oct. 4, 2008, 02:53 PM
Go Pep!

Oct. 4, 2008, 05:26 PM
(edited to take out my SPOILER ALERT, since the thread title says it all! :winkgrin: )

WOOOOHOOOO PEPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...and with that we have quite the significant year in American racing, with Pepper breaking the record for consecutive wins and Curlin establishing himself as the all-time earnings leader!

Oct. 4, 2008, 07:27 PM
Way to go Pepper! And I don't wanna hear any smack about her not racing outside her box. She did it and a race is a race and anything can happen! :yes:

Oct. 5, 2008, 10:15 AM
Within the past week we have seen 2 records broken. It truely takes a great horse to accomplish this. The naysayers are out there, but the trainer knew this horse and made the right decisions to get her there. She now holds the record and I doubt we will see a feat like this come along in the near future.

Lloyd Romero got a lot of flak for keeping Hallowed Dreams in Louisiana. Kudos to the Pepper's Pride team for keeping her in New Mexico.

It will be interesting to see what kind of stud offers her owners will receive and if they choose to keep her in New Mexico or send her to one of the "big boys" in Kentucky.

Oct. 5, 2008, 10:27 AM
Well, kudos for a consistent filly and a well-managed campaign, but it really is like comparing high school to pro sports ;).

Oct. 5, 2008, 05:11 PM
VIDEO: Pepper's Pride 17th Victory Oct 4, 2008, Zia Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwiEgXNcpPI)

Gary West/Star Telegram (TX): "Asmussen on Peppers Pride" (http://startelegramsports.typepad.com/west_points/2008/10/asmussen-on-pep.html)

Steve Asmussen described it as “incredible.” That’s a word the nation’s leading trainer usually reserves for Curlin, but in this case Asmussen used it to describe a winning streak of 16 races, specifically the one put together by Peppers Pride.

“I don’t care what the competition might be,” Asmussen said. “I wouldn’t care if it was 16 straight maiden races – if they’d let you do that – it’s an incredible accomplishment. It’s hard to win a race, and so many things can happen to beat you. They’ve done a great job with her.”

Up next: the $170,000 New Mexico Cup Filly and Mare Championship on Nov. 9 at Zia Park.

Oct. 5, 2008, 05:37 PM
So exciting!!!! I was so glad to get to see the race live! A nice run by an awesome mare! :D

Oct. 5, 2008, 09:44 PM
Is this the filly by the stallion Desert God? I think I read that a few months ago. It's so funny.....I am an eventer and my first dream horse I ever bought was at The University of Arizona. A very tall bay filly by Desert God. She was injured and so I bred her at three. She produced a filly for me and that filly is the horse of a lifetime. A very spunky alpha mare who I love more than life. She has her momma's personality through and through. Makes me wonder about the mind and the heart of our horses. So much of what makes them successful must be "the try" do you think?

Lady Counselor
Oct. 6, 2008, 09:51 AM
How cool! What a nice mare!
(is that SNOW all over the infield??:eek: )

Oct. 6, 2008, 01:22 PM
Bah! The modern day record is 17 wins held by Silent Witness. Why do they always choose to ignore this? Just because he didn't race in America?

Well, now they're tied! :-) Here's hoping for a successful win #18 for Pepper! :D

Oct. 6, 2008, 02:27 PM
All the articles I've seen say "modern day North American record" which is what it is. No one has said it is the world record ;)

At first glance it does look like snow in the infield but rather that is white sand in New Mexico.

I concur with the big league trainers who are willing to give her all the respect and accolades possible. If anyone can produce a horse running at any level - allowance, claimers, county fairs - who wins 17 in a row please do so ;) Golden Hare had about 12 in a row last year in the claiming ranks but was finally beat. It isn't easy no matter what. Her connections know she isn't running in Citation level company and aren't whatsoever trying to infer it. Still they have a very special gal there!

Oct. 6, 2008, 02:38 PM
So if she wins in November, that would be a world record for TBs, or merely "modern day" record? When did we enter the modern day era? Is there some other TB race record out there that her streak wouldn't beat?

It was a fun race to watch.

Oct. 6, 2008, 03:41 PM
I wouldn't care if it was a winner of $3200 non-winner of a ham sandwich claiming races that racked up 17 wins in a row. It's totally awesome! :D

Hell, 17 wins period is awesome, let alone in a row & undefeated.

Nov. 5, 2008, 03:30 PM
Peppers Pride makes her next start Sunday November 9th (http://thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2008/November/04/Undefeated-record-setter-Peppers-Pride-to-race-Sunday.aspx)

Undefeated 12-time stakes winner Peppers Pride will try to extend her modern North American record for consecutive victories to 18 on Sunday in the $170,000 New Mexico Cup Fillies and Mares Stakes at Zia Park.

The race for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares will be contested at one mile on the main track. The race will be part of an 11-race New Mexico Classic Cup card featuring $1.85-million in purses.

Nov. 6, 2008, 01:19 PM
I hope she does it! :yes: How amazing!

I am hoping there will be TVG coverage?

Nov. 6, 2008, 02:55 PM
I am hoping there will be TVG coverage?

Yep - they are already airing promotions for their coverage of Zia Park racing and Pepper.

It will be race 10 and going off at approx 6pm EST.

Nov. 7, 2008, 05:30 PM
Not to look ahead of Sunday's race but Joel Marr her trainer is looking at a December race (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/article/47951.htm) as her 19th career start. That race is the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap Dec. 14th at Sunland Park.

Also she might return to the track in 2009 or become a mom in Kentucky ;)

As for this Sunday - here is the lineup:

$170,000 New Mexico Cup Fillies and Mares Stakes
Zia Park, New Mexico
(Race 10, local time 4:09 p.m.), For 3 & Up, 1 Mile

PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. La Sorpresa (NM), Mark Anthony Villa, 120, 12/1
2. Miss Possibility (NM), Alejandro Medellin, 123, 10/1
3. Let the Musicbegin (NM), Jorge Martin Bourdieu, 123, 3/1
4. Betsy N (NM), Carlos Rivas, 123, 30/1
5. Complete Pride (NM), Ken S. Tohill, 123, 8/1
6. Look Buca Di Beppo (NM), Joe A. Martinez, 123, 20/1
[b]7. Peppers Pride (NM), Carlos D. Madeira, 123, 4/5[b]
8. Silver Expression (NM), Miguel A. Perez, 123, 5/1

Nov. 9, 2008, 06:47 PM
Looking a little bit tired at the finish, after moving from 3rd in the final turn, Peppers Pride kicks in and holds off the field!

18 lifetime starts 18-0-0 .. she wins the $170,000 New Mexico Cup Fillies and Mares Stakes this afternoon at Zia Park.

Nov. 9, 2008, 08:04 PM

Nov. 9, 2008, 08:51 PM
Is there a video? Yay Pepper!

Nov. 9, 2008, 09:19 PM
next time she runs I am thinking road trip.

but I haven't been in the stands yet and she hasn't lost yet so maybe not. . .

Blinkers On
Nov. 10, 2008, 12:36 AM
Yay!!!! Brought a tear to my eye!!!

Nov. 10, 2008, 12:51 AM
Anybody still wanting to discredit this mare PLEASE send me a horse that will win 18 in a row anywhere, even Portland Meadows.

What an honest, gutsy filly.

Big congratulations to her connections.

Nov. 11, 2008, 02:44 PM
One more start, for next month and then likely done with her racing career although it's not etched in stone ....

TB Times 11-10-08 "Peppers Pride to make one more start before retiring" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2008/November/10/Peppers-Pride-to-make-one-more-start-before-retiring.aspx)

Allen is looking at the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap on December 14 at Sunland Park as a final target for the five-year-old by Desert God.

“We’re probably going to run her on the 14th, and then our thinking is that we’ll retire her and breed her,” Allen said. “It was a great day yesterday. She’s had an unbelievable run.”

Allen, who owns Desert God with his brother, Ron, has not decided on mating plans for Peppers Pride. An out-of-state stallion is a good possibility, he said.

The dark bay or brown mare is a little less than $9,000 shy of the $1-million plateau with $991,085 in career earnings.

Still no uploads of the race on youtube.com or NTRA's site or even Zia's site.

Nov. 11, 2008, 08:35 PM
An out-of-state stallion is a good possibility, he said. Tee hee. 'Ya think? ;)

Peppers' connections have done well by her, but there must be a considerable amount of pressure involved at some level in attempting to keep this streak going.

Dec. 10, 2008, 10:40 AM
Sunday December 14th could be her final career start and a chance to walk away a perfect lifetime 19 19-0-0 but then again her connections might not want to end this glorious run just yet.

DRF/NTRA 12-9-08 "Peppers Pride adds star power " (http://www.ntra.com/content.aspx?type=news&id=36771)

Peppers Pride was entered in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap after breezing at the track earlier in the morning. The undefeated mare will be going for her 19th consecutive win when she starts in the six-furlong race Sunday.

"That's a great kickoff for us," said Harold Payne, general manager of Sunland.

Peppers Pride worked three furlongs in 37 seconds at Sunland on Tuesday, and provided she comes out of the drill in good order, plans are to run, trainer Joel Marr said.

"As long as everything is good, that's what we're looking at," he said. "She's really done well the last couple of weeks. She's training well and wanting to go, so right now, everything looks great."

Payne said Sunland, which opens its meet Friday, is planning to distribute posters Sunday featuring a photo of Peppers Pride in one of her wins at Sunland.

"We're doing a poster giveaway to commemorate her possible last race," Payne said.

Marr and Joe Allen, who bred and owns Peppers Pride, have both indicated that the 5-year-old mare is nearing the end of her career. She could be making her final start Sunday, but no concrete decision has been made, Marr said.

"We're still looking at stallions in Kentucky and deciding what we want to do," he said.

Peppers Pride drew post 6 in a field of eight statebred fillies and mares for the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap. Carlos Madeira has the mount on Peppers Pride, the 126-pound highweight, who will spot her rivals seven to 13 pounds. The race will go as the 10th, at 4 p.m. Mountain.

Dec. 12, 2008, 12:38 PM

On today's Bloodhorse website... :)

Dec. 12, 2008, 02:28 PM
Peppers Pride is not a little gal either: Photo - Pepper and trainer Joel Marr (http://www.lcsun-news.com/portlet/article/html/render_gallery.jsp?articleId=11201375&siteId=557&startImage=1)

Las Cruces Sun-News NM, 12/12 "Popular horse may extend record-setting win streak" (http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_11201375)

Peppers Pride has earned more than $990,000 in her career, and a win in Sunday's 10th race, with a purse of $125,000, will put her over the $1 million mark.

"Peppers Pride always seems to find that extra gear," said Eric Alwan, who handles publicity at Sunland Park Racetrack and who has called races with Peppers Pride involved. "She's strong, she's competitive and she just finds ways to win. She narrowly won in a race early in her career and had she lost that one, we wouldn't be talking about the streak right now. But she's so capable, and the streak is great for the sport and for New Mexico."

Dec. 12, 2008, 03:30 PM
She is a big girl! :)

Dec. 13, 2008, 06:49 PM
DRF "Peppers Pride in tougher than usual" (http://drf.com/news/article/100533.html)

The race could be the final start for Peppers Pride, an undefeated 5-year-old mare who has earned $991,085. Her connections, owner Joe Allen and trainer Joel Marr, both said a decision on her status would be made following the six-furlong race for fillies and mares bred in New Mexico.

"We're 95 percent sure this is the last one, unless something just really changed," said Allen, who bred Peppers Pride. "We're pretty sure that we're going to retire her."

Marr noted that the next race on the New Mexico calendar for Peppers Pride is not until March.

"I'd love to race her some more, but it might not be the best thing long-term for her," he said. "She really has nothing else to prove, and she deserves the chance to be bred to a nice horse and start that career."

Peppers Pride will be facing one of her toughest tests to date on Sunday. She is the 126-pound highweight and will spot her rivals between seven and 13 pounds.

"I think it's the best field she's faced in a long time," Marr said. "You've got Skirt Alert coming back off a long layoff with a prep race at Zia. You've got one of the best New Mexico-bred mares ever in Silver Expression. ....

(article continues)

Dec. 13, 2008, 07:05 PM
so who would you breed her to?

Dec. 14, 2008, 04:16 PM
The New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (http://drf.com/entries/14/eSUN14.html?rn=230487#10) (4pm MST) is race 10 - does anyone know if this will be on TVG? I don't see any other Sunland Park racing being aired today.

Dec. 14, 2008, 06:11 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO PEPPERS PRIDE - winning her 19th career start and going undefeated!

Peppers Pride looked in rare form and surged past the field after sitting in 4th then picking a few off then in the last turn moving into 3rd and then to the lead. She won in sensation style by 5-lengths. An impressive last run, if this is her last race.

Not a lot of faith in Pepper as her win pay off was $3.80

Dec. 14, 2008, 07:02 PM
Way to go girl!!! You show em'! :winkgrin:

Dec. 14, 2008, 07:17 PM
Yay Hooray for Pepper! Is there a video up anywhere?

Dec. 14, 2008, 07:43 PM
SOOOOOOOO exciting!!!!! :D :yes:

Where's my "YEAH what an awesome race mare, what a cool thing Celebration dance" emoticon? :D :lol:

Dec. 14, 2008, 09:51 PM

Dec. 15, 2008, 09:01 AM
Great race for Pepper! She passed a million and that's pretty good for staying in state. I can't wait to see the breeding plans. She really has nothing left to prove--unless they want a nice round number of 20 wins.

Dec. 15, 2008, 09:08 AM
Yep - final earnings to $1,066,085 after the 5 3/4 length victory (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2008/December/14/Peppers-Pride-extends-win-streak-to-19.aspx) on Sunday Dec 14th.

Trainer Joel Marr and owner-breeder Joe Allen said before the race that this could be Peppers Pride’s final start, but her performance Sunday made the decision more difficult.

“It going to be hard to decide after such a terrific race,” Marr said. “I want to thank everybody who has supported her from the $2 bettors, to the grooms, and my family. She is the best horse I have ever touched.”

Her connections have siad Dec 15th they would make the decision of retire or race again at 6-yrs old. The next race, if she so continues, would be in March 2009.

Video replay: her 19th race start, Dec 14, 2008, Sunland Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDXLni_aKYo) - Pepper is #6

Dec. 15, 2008, 08:58 PM
Never say, "never": DRF 12-15-08 6pm "Peppers Pride may not be done" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/100560.html)

Peppers Pride, who is scheduled to gallop Tuesday, will soon have an exam to test her "breeding soundness," and decisions will follow, Marr said. He noted that there are two upcoming races at Sunland that would suit Peppers Pride, but the one he and Allen would prefer for her, the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at a mile, is not until March 22.

"There's not a lot of options anywhere close, time-wise or mile-wise, that we would be looking for," Marr said.

Allen on Monday afternoon was thumbing through a stallion directory, looking at prospects for Peppers Pride. He said he is most interested in sons of A.P. Indy. Peppers Pride is a daughter of the Fappiano stallion Desert God and her dam is Lady Pepper, a daughter of Chili Pepper. Allen said Peppers Pride could be bred to a stallion in Kentucky or to one in New Mexico.

"There's still a remote possibility that we might breed her in the state and stay with the state program," he said.

Dec. 15, 2008, 09:34 PM
She is amazing. The video gave me goosebumps.

ASB Stars
Dec. 16, 2008, 07:17 PM
That's a hell of a mare- she came wide, and just ate them up, giving weight and all. And, as stated, she is no tiny item- yo coul see the width of that chest as she came 'round.

Fabulous stuff. Makes you want to watch again....

Dec. 16, 2008, 07:49 PM
She was awarded her career highest Beyer Speed Figure at 98 for the effort. It is the strength of that victory which must be at play with some of the reconsideration to retiring her. A horse that strong, happy, and damn good at their job is what everyone wants.

Also worth citing and food for thought: she was toting 126-lbs which is the same or higher then Curlin toted in his entire racing career save for the DWC, when he had 128-lbs. By further comparison Zenyatta was carrying 123-lbs in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (G1) this year.

Tha Ridge
Dec. 21, 2008, 12:25 AM
Geez, that video is amazing. What a cool mare. And, really, kudos to her owner, trainer and connections for keeping her sound, fit and happy - they don't run like that when they're not feeling good. :yes:

Jan. 15, 2009, 03:08 PM
Done - officially!

DRF 1-15-09: "Peppers Pride retired, will be bred in Kentucky" (http://drf.com/news/article/101061.html)

Peppers Pride, who owns the longest winning streak in modern North American history has been retired, her trainer Joel Marr said Thursday morning. She will be sent to Richland Hills Farm in Midway, Ky., in the next few weeks, said Marr. Peppers Pride is currently based at a training center near Sunland Park in New Mexico.

Stallion plans are still being finalized, according to Marr.

Peppers Pride was undefeated in 19 career starts while exclusively in her home state of New Mexico. She made her final career start on Dec. 14 in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park.

"She's coming off the best race of her career," Marr said. "She's sound, heallthy, and rather than run another whole season it seemed like the right thing to do."

Lady Counselor
Jan. 17, 2009, 11:14 AM
Wow that is awesome! Unbeaten. I will miss her, but it's the best way to be retired.

Jan. 18, 2009, 10:29 PM
Looks like she's being bred to Tiznow. I'll be looking forward to seeing that foal!


Jan. 21, 2009, 04:07 PM
Interesting back story on Pepper from the Associated Press - although not exactly breaking news on the retirement ;)

AP Jan 21, 2009 "Record-setting NM thoroughbred retires" (http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_11512961)

Marr said Peppers Pride is expected to be paired with Tiznow, the two-time Breeders' Cup Classic champion.

Jockey Carlos Madeira was aboard for all of Peppers Pride's victories. She never raced outside New Mexico and all of her wins came against fillies and mares.

Marr said he and owner Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas, considered entering her in winter meets at Santa Anita or Hollywood Park but that would have meant waiting another year to breed her.

They also "got a few offers" for match races, but no challenger was willing to travel to New Mexico. Marr said he was reluctant to run Peppers Pride in an unfamiliar environment or on a synthetic surface for that kind of event.

"We saw no sense in putting her at a disadvantage," he said.

So if a suitable horse (and purse) had shipped into NM for a match race it would've been on like Donkey Kong? Interesting.

"Sure, there's some curiosity about what else she could have done," Marr said. "You always think, 'What if?' but I don't regret the decision. She deserves to retire healthy and sound. She's done enough."

Jan. 22, 2009, 11:55 AM
Also, this article from the El Paso TX Times:

Jan. 22, 2009, 12:49 PM
Also, this article from the El Paso TX Times:

Same article ;)

El Paso just rebroadcasted the Associated Press one

Jan. 22, 2009, 01:52 PM
Oops... can you tell I didn't read the one you posted?! :lol:

Jan. 22, 2009, 02:01 PM
It's alright; the sentiments within bore repeating.

:lol: (laughing with you.)

Jan. 22, 2009, 02:08 PM
Thanks BF! :D:lol:

Mar. 6, 2009, 05:09 PM
...and has arrived in Kentucky (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/49510/peppers-pride-happy-to-be-in-kentucky) where her betrothed (http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/41530/2816766110099108256S600x600Q85.jpg) awaits...

Mar. 6, 2009, 06:34 PM
...in hopes of exciting a little Fappiano/In Reality nick...


Mar. 7, 2009, 08:34 AM
Oooh, dapples... (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/breeding-news/2009/March/06/Peppers-Pride-arrives-to-Kentucky.aspx)

...in her picture which accompanies the TB Times article about her move to Kentucky -- written, appropriately enough, by Laura Pepper.

Mar. 7, 2009, 09:40 AM
Awesome! Thanks for posting BF. She looks gorgeous in that pic! :)

Glad she arrived well and fingers crossed for a successful mating.

Apr. 28, 2009, 09:21 PM
She's in foal to Tiznow (http://www.drf.com/news/article/103345.html) - Apr 28, 2009

Peppers Pride, the New Mexico-bred mare who in January retired undefeated in 19 starts, has been confirmed in foal to the 2000 Horse of the Year, Tiznow, on a March 23 cover, according to Nathan Fox, president of Richland Hills Farm in Midway, Ky.

Peppers Pride, who owns the longest winning streak in modern North American history, is scheduled to foal out at Richland Hills next year. She is owned by her breeder, Joe Allen.

Apr. 28, 2009, 09:31 PM

(and glad to see that vetrap beating didn't leave you down for the count, Glimmerglass)

Apr. 29, 2009, 06:06 PM
Yeah!!! Fingers crossed for a successful, uneventful pregnancy! :)

Nov. 8, 2009, 06:04 PM
Sadly like other tough as nails mares on the track the breeding work is less then easy :(

DRF 11-5-09 "Peppers Pride loses first foal" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/108758.html)

Peppers Pride has lost the Tiznow foal she was carrying, her breeder and co-owner Joe Allen said on Thursday. It was to be the first foal for the history-making mare, who retired undefeated in 19 starts in January. Allen said the foal had been due in late February or early March.

He said Peppers Pride will probably be bred back to Tiznow next season. She is based in Kentucky.

Allen said Peppers Pride lost her foal about 10 days ago.

"We had her checked not too long ago and everything was fine," Allen said. "We had the foal checked and it had no problems. It's just one of those things. There's no rhyme or reason.

"I was headed to my doctor for my annual stress test when they called me. It was just kind of a sickening feeling. I've been in this long enough. Stuff happens."

Nov. 8, 2009, 06:09 PM

Toadie's mom
Nov. 8, 2009, 09:46 PM
Wonder how Allen's stress test went :cry:
Having lost one @ 8mos. also, I know how he feels. Even tho my mare wasn't famous it was still devastating. The very least of the crappy feelings is that it was a whole year wasted! I had another one "slip" a foal at 21days and even though I decided it was too late in the yr. to breed her back, that was somehow much less traumatic.

Nov. 9, 2009, 01:39 PM
Bummer. :( Fingers crossed for next season.

Mar. 31, 2011, 11:01 PM
She has foaled a Distorted Humor filly! BH has the story (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/62237/peppers-pride-produces-distorted-humor-filly).

Mar. 31, 2011, 11:24 PM
Yay, thanks for the update.

Apr. 1, 2011, 12:26 PM
What a cutie!

Apr. 1, 2011, 12:39 PM
Yeah! That's great news! :D

Too bad I can't open the link at work (firewall)...

ETA: Got to see the foal's pic via the Thoroughbred Times site. Cutie pie indeed!

Apr. 1, 2011, 12:41 PM
What a face! <3

Feb. 28, 2012, 06:53 PM
Video from Taylor Sales of Peppers Pride and her bay colt by Distorted Humor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYC51OPb9rs) (uploaded 2-26-12) He was just foaled Feb. 25, 2012.

Feb. 28, 2012, 08:25 PM
Wow, what a sturdy guy. Hope he has as much fun racing as his mom had.

Feb. 25, 2013, 09:36 PM
DRF Feb 25, 2013: "Peppers Pride foals Malibu Moon colt" (http://www.drf.com/news/peppers-pride-foals-malibu-moon-colt)

Peppers Pride, a fan favorite who retired unbeaten after 19 starts in 2009, gave birth to her third foal on Feb. 22, a Malibu Moon colt born at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

The 10-year-old Desert God mare is also the dam of a 2-year-old Distorted Humor filly and a yearling Distorted Humor colt.