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Cambest's dam, Oxford Mary Ann, dies

September 13, 2011
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David Meirs III has told harnessracing.com that Oxford Mary Ann, the dam of the $1.4 million-winner Cambest, whose 1:46.1 time trial in 1993 at Springfield, Ill., is still the fastest mile in history, has died at the age of 31.

A daughter of Harold J, Oxford Mary Ann has been at Meirs' Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., since she was purchased for $20,000 from the White Horse Farm dispersal in 1996 at Harrisburg, Pa.

“She’s been here as a babysitter,” said Meirs. “She took care of a lot of babies here, mainly fillies.”

Oxford Mary Ann earned $102,762 on the racetrack for owner Robert Spencer. She took her mark of 1:56.3 as a 4 year old on Oct. 20, 1984, at Rosecroft Raceway, which at the time was a half-mile track. The time set a new track record and was done while she was reportedly five months in foal to Justin Passing, although she never delivered what would have been her first progeny.

Oxford Mary Ann went on to produce 11 foals who took marks, including her richest and fastest, Cambest. She produced four other winners of more than $120,000, including the $374,298-winner English Tutor.

Oxford Mary Ann’s last progeny was Schoolofcardknocks, who was foaled in 2001 and is now a broodmare herself for owner Diamond Creek Farm. Included among her foals is the $505,000-winner Valentino.

Since producing her last foal Oxford Mary Ann has served as “babysitter” to many horses, including the 2010 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year See You At Peelers.

“She was the ‘step-mother’ of See You At Peelers, as well as the (Somebeachsomewhere) yearling filly right now out of Cathedra Dot Com,” said Meirs.

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