Shenanigans (horse)

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Sire Native Dancer
Grandsire Polynesian
Dam Bold Irish
Damsire Fighting Fox
Sex Mare
Foaled 1963
Country United States
Colour Grey
Breeder Stuart & Barbara Janney
Owner Stuart & Barbara Janney
Record 22:3-1-6
Earnings $18,120
Kentucky Broodmare of the Year (1975)
Last updated on December 5, 2009

Shenanigans (March 17, 1963 – 21 May 1977) was an American thoroughbred mare born in Kentucky. She was sired by Native Dancer and out of the Locust Hill foundation mare Bold Irish. Owner Stuart Janney recalled, "Shenanigans was meant to be a good mare, she had speed and she was second to Miss Spin in the Maryland Futurity, but she developed a little calcium in a knee. She raced a little bit at three, but we decided she wasn't going to be able to win a stakes, so we stopped with her." The Janneys considered sending her to Bold Ruler for her first season, but she was sent to Knightly Manner instead and failed to conceive. The next breeding was with Neartic. This resulted in the gray Icecapade, who was a successful stakes racer and sire. In 1970, Shenanigans foaled another gray (this time by Bold Ruler), a filly named Laughter who like her mother excelled in the breeding shed when she beget horses like Private Terms but was at best mediocre on the track. In 1971, Shenanigans was bred to a son of Bold Ruler, Bold Lad, which resulted in a colt, On To Glory, who was a winner but not a stakes performer. He did, however, produce a couple of graded stakes winners while at stud.

In 1972, Shenanigans foaled her most famous progeny: a brown filly by Reviewer named Ruffian. This tall, almost jet black filly destroyed track and stakes records for two seasons before she broke down in a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure. Many claim that Ruffian’s tragic end was a product of her breeding. Her sire broke down four times: three times while racing and the last time in a paddock accident where he re-broke a fracture he had sustained a few weeks earlier in another barn accident. After Ruffian, Shenanigans had two more foals: a stakes winner and sire in 1974 called Buckfinder, by Buckpasser, and one more winner in 1977 named Near East, by Damascus.

On May 21, 1977, Shenanigans befell a fate similar to her daughter’s when she awoke from anesthesia after intestinal surgery and (like Ruffian) began to thrash wildly, breaking two of her legs. Shenanigans could not endure another surgery and had to be put down.

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