|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2011)|
|Foaled||March 14, 1984|
|Breeder||Flaxman Holdings Ltd.|
|Prix de la Salamandre (1986)
Prix Marcel Boussac (1986)
Prix Imprudence (1987)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1987)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1987)
1,000 Guineas (1987)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1987 & 1988)
Prix d'Ispahan (1988)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1988)
|United States Champion Female Turf Horse (1987 & 1988)|
|United States Racing Hall of Fame (1999)
#82 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack
Prix Miesque at Hippodrome de Maisons-Laffitte
|Last updated on August 24, 2007|
Miesque (pronounced MEE-esk; March 14, 1984 – January 20, 2011) was a champion Thoroughbred racemare, best known as the first horse to win two consecutive Breeders' Cups and racing awards in Europe and America. She was a Group one (G1) winner at two, three and four-years-old, for a total of 10 G1 wins. She produced five stakes winners.
Miesque was foaled in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. She was sired by Nureyev, (by Northern Dancer) from Pasadoble, by Prove Out. Miesque was owned by Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos, and did most of her racing in Europe. Miesque was sister to Massaraat and Bravemie and a half sister to the mares, Yogya by Riverman and One Life by L'Emigrant.
Under jockey Freddy Head, at age three Miesque won the 1,000 Guineas in England and the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (the French 1,000 Guineas). When moved up in distance she finished second to Indian Skimmer in the Prix de Diane. Competing against colts and older horses she added wins in the Prix Jacques le Marois and the Prix du Moulin but was defeated by the British filly Milligram in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Miesque achieved international stardom when she defeated a talented field of mostly male horses in the prestigious 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile, in the process setting a Hollywood Park track record. Her powerful performance earned her the 1987 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Female Turf Horse.
The following year, Miesque raced only four times, winning three and finishing second once. She returned to the U.S. to defend her Breeders Cup title at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and once again was up against a very strong field of older males including Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice and the Daniel Wildenstein-owned champion, Steinlen. Despite the fierce competition, the filly won the race by four lengths, making her the first ever back-to-back winner in Breeders Cup history. The performance earned her a second straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Female Turf Horse for 1988 and she was again voted France's Champion Miler of the year plus was named that country's Champion Older Mare.
Miesque retired after the 1988 season. Of her sixteen lifetime races, the filly won twelve, finished second three times, and third once.
She was a successful broodmare at the Niarchos stud farm in Kentucky, producing several stakes winners with sires such as Mr. Prospector. Miesque's offspring include:
- Kingmambo - winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Prix Djebel and St. James's Palace Stakes and a leading second crop sire in North America; sired Lemon Drop Kid, Henrythenavigator, King's Best, El Condor Pasa, Russian Rhythm, and Divine Proportions.
- Miesque's Son - stakes winner and successful sire in the U.S.; sired Miesque's Approval, winner of the 2006 Sunshine Millions Turf and the Breeders' Cup Mile and voted the 2006 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse. He was also voted 2006 Florida-bred Horse of the Year.
- East of the Moon - Champion three year old filly in France.
In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, Miesque was ranked #82. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1999.
|Northern Dancer (CAN)||Nearctic||Nearco|
|Rough Shod II|
|Equal Venture||Bold Venture|
|Santa Quilla (FR)