Very Subtle

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Very Subtle
Sire Hoist the Silver
Grandsire Hoist the Flag
Dam Never Scheme
Damsire Never Bend
Sex Mare
Foaled 1984
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder John Howard King
Owner 1) Carl Grinstead & Ben Rochelle
2) Ben Rochelle
Trainer Melvin F. Stute
Record 29: 12-6-4
Earnings US$1,608,360
Major wins

Hollywood Starlet Stakes (1986)
Fantasy Stakes (1987)
Test Stakes (1987)
Santa Ynez Stakes (1987)
Railbird Stakes (1987)
La Brea Stakes (1988)
Las Flores Handicap (1989)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1987)

Very Subtle (foaled 1984 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won three Grade I stakes including the 1987 Breeders' Cup Sprint against male opponents in which she defeated the heavily favored Groovy by four lengths.[1]

Very Subtle was trained by Mel Stute and initially raced by the California-based partnership of Carl Grinstead and Ben Rochelle who had owned a number of other top runners including the 1986 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and Preakness Stakes winner Snow Chief who was also trained by Stute. Following the March 1987 passing of Carl Grinstead, the partnership horses were auctioned at an October sale at which Ben Rochelle bought Very Subtle for $1.2 million.

Subsequent to her Breeders' Cup win, Very Subtle raced for two more years before retiring to broodmare duty after her 1989 campaign.

As a broodmare[edit]

Bred tro Snow Chief as well as other notable sires such as Alydar and Caerleon, Very Subtle's most successful earner among her foals was the mare Dianehill, a winner of $426,551 sired by the outstanding Champion sire Danehill.[2]

Pedigree of Very Subtle
Hoist The Silver
Hoist The Flag Tom Rolfe Ribot
Wavy Navy War Admiral
Silver Service Prince John Princequillo
Not Afraid
En Casserole War Relic
Beanie M
Never Scheme
Never Bend Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Lalun Djeddah
Be Faithful
Sweetly Scheming Creme Dela Creme Olympia
Judy Rullah
Double Agent Double Jay