World Champion Miss Easy passed away at her home at Hanover Shoe Farms on Tuesday morning (July 8). She was 26.
Miss Easy was bred and raised by Stoner Creek Farm in Paris, Ky. She was purchased as a yearling by Rose Guida and Royal Palm Stables for $30,000. She was broken and trained by Bruce Nickells and was primarily driven by John Campbell throughout her racing career. As a 2 year old she was voted "Two Year Old Pacing Filly of 1990." She won 15 of 17 starts and earned $1,128,956. At age three she was voted "Three Year Old Pacing Filly of 1991." She won 10 of 15 starts, earned $648,700 and concluded her racing career with two and three year old earnings $1,777,656.
Unfortunately, her success on the racing front did not carry forth to her career in the breeding shed. At best, her achievements as a mother of quality racehorses could be considered to have been moderate.
So great was the perceived disappointment in Miss Easy as a producer that January of 2002 found her being offered for sale in the Meadowlands Winter Sale as a barren broodmare. Jim Simpson of Hanover Shoe Farms was there together with Farm Manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky and P.R. Director Murray Brown. Dr. Jablonsky mentioned her disappointment that a mare who was as great as Miss Easy was going to be auctioned and would likely just bring a relative pittance. The three decided that if indeed that would transpire, Hanover would purchase her and she would be guaranteed a forever home. At the time, the thought was that she would be retired and turned out with Hanover's noted group of retired mares.
When booking season came along Dr. Jablonsky said that Miss Easy was in great shape and suggested that she be booked along with the rest of Hanover's active mares. After all, she was still the one and only Miss Easy.That happened and she subsequently produced eight foals for Hanover, bringing a total of $220,500.
While Miss Easy never became the great producer that she was as a racehorse, she spent her remaining years enjoying the good life that she had earned and deserved.
Miss Easy was laid to rest in the Hanover Shoe Farms cemetery opposite its main entrance. (Hanover Shoe Farms)