Winky's Goal 3, 1:54.4 ($844,924), who earned divisional titles in 1992 and 1993, died Friday night, Feb. 14, at Kentuckiana Farms in Georgetown, Ky. The 24-year-old daughter of Armbro Goal-Winky's Gill developed colic and was euthanized, said Kentuckiana farm manager Bob Brady.
"She was in with a group of five retired horses on the farm, and they were all doing well, including her, until she became ill," said Brady. "She looked great and was in great shape."
Trained by Chuck Sylvester, Winky's Goal had periods of domination during her 2- and 3-year-old campaigns, including the Breeders Crown as a freshman and the Hambletonian Oaks the following season. She finished second in the Crown as a sophomore, losing to Expressway Hanover, who she had beaten in the Kentucky Filly Futurity.
Bred by Castleton Farm, Winky's Goal was owned by Allevamento La Sbarra, which had bought her as a yearling, at the time of her passing. At one time she was co-owned by La Sbarra and Kentuckiana General Partnership.
As a broodmare Winky's Goal failed to produce a daughter with her level of talent. Almost all of her nine foals took marks, but their records were not remarkable in the context of their generations. Her fastest offspring was Biltmore 4, 1:53f, who took his mark in 2013 for trainer Ron Burke, while her sons Sun Sentinel 3, 1:56.4 and Raven Victory were stakes winners, with Raven Victory capturing last year's Summer Survivor Series final at the Meadowlands. Winky's Goal was last bred in 2011 but failed to conceive.--harnessracing.com