|Dam||Book of Verse|
|Breeder||Bertram N. Linder|
|Trainer||Henry S. Clark|
|Blue Hen Stakes (1967)
Delaware Handicap (1969, 1970)
Firenze Handicap (1970)
|Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park Racetrack|
|Last updated on July 5, 2010|
Obeah (1965-1993) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse for whom the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park Racetrack is named. Bred in Kentucky by Bertram N. Linder, she was sired by 1961 Futurity Stakes winner, Cyane. Her dam was Book of Verse, a daughter of 1952 American Horse of the Year, One Count. Obeah was bought for just $10,000 at the 1966 Saratoga yearling auction by Harry and Jane Lunger who owned her sire and who felt the filly was being bid too low.
Trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Henry Clark, Obeah raced under the colors of the Lungers' Christiana Stables. Racing at age two in 1967, Obeah won the Blue Hen Stakes at her Delaware Park Racetrack home base. Going around two turns, she ran 3rd in the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park and second by a nose in the Jeanne d'Arc at Narragansett Park.
At age three, her best result in a major race was a second in the Firenze Handicap. But at age four she won the 1969 Delaware Handicap in early August  and then captured October's Vineland Handicap at Garden State Park.
As a broodmare
Retired to broodmare duty in Kentucky for the Lungers, from her offspring Obeah produced four stakes winners, including Dance Spell and his full sister, Gazelle Handicap winner Discorama. Barren for a second time in 1985, the following year 22-year-old Obeah was sent to Windfields Farm in Maryland where she was bred to Deputy Minister. The mating resulted in the birth of her greatest foal on April 6, 1987, a filly named Go For Wand born at Walnut Green Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania owned by the Lungers' son-in law, Richard I.G. Jones. Voted the 1998 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and 1990 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, Go For Wand was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Bloodhorse.com - November 21, 2009
- Lexington Herald-Leader - November 2, 1989
- New York Times - August 3, 1969
- Hartford Courant - October 16, 1969
- New York Times - August 2, 1970
- Los Angeles Times -November 27, 1970
- The Day (New London, Connecticut) - October 27, 1990
- Go For Wand at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame