Astra (horse)

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Sire Theatrical
Grandsire Nureyev
Dam Savannah Slew
Damsire Seattle Slew
Sex Mare
Foaled 1996
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Allen E. Paulson
Owner Allen E. Paulson
Trainer 1) Simon Bray
2) Laura de Seroux
Record 16: 11-1-2
Earnings US$1,378,424
Major wins
Matiara Stakes (1999)
Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (2000, 2002)
Jenny Wiley Stakes (2000)
Beverly Hills Handicap (2001, 2002)
Santa Barbara Handicap (2001, 2002)

Astra (foaled January 25, 1996 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racemare who won four Grade I races on turf.


She was bred and raced by Allen Paulson who also owned and raced her dam and her sire. Her dam was Savannah Slew, a daughter of the 1977 U.S. Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew, and her sire was Theatrical, winner of the 1987 Breeders' Cup Turf.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Following the death of Allen Paulson on July 19, 2000, Astra raced for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust. In mid-2001, trainer Simon Bray retired and her race conditioning was then turned over to Laura de Seroux who went on to match the two Grade I and the single Grade II wins that Bray had had with Astra. In winning her second edition of the Beverly Hills Handicap in 2002 for de Seroux, Astra set a new stakes record of 1:58.56 - for a mile and a quarter on turf.[2]


Astra was boarded at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. She produced three foals, all of which raced but with only limited success,[3] before her untimely death on June 12, 2007 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington as a result of complications from colic.[4]

Pedigree of Astra
Nureyev Northern Dancer Nearctic
Special Forli
Tree of Knowledge Sassafras Sheshoon
Sensibility Hail To Reason
Savannah Slew
Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Boldnesian
Reason To Earn
My Charmer Poker
Fair Charmer
Pilferer No Robbery Swaps
Will Hail Hail To Reason