Dame Dorothy

B, foaled April 11, 2011
Bernardini - Vole Vole Monamour, by Woodman

G1 winner by Bernardini

by Byron Rogers - Winning on debut is a long way from becoming a proven producer in the breeding shed, but there is definitely something special about mares that are capable of winning at first asking. Only 12% of racehorses win at their first start, with the assumption being that they figure it out immediately and win thanks in great part to their own innate ability. The talent of debut winners doesn’t however end on the racetrack. Mares that won their first start go on to be better producers than all other winners, producing a higher rate of starters, winners, and stakes winners at stud than all other mares.

Bernardini’s swift daughter Dame Dorothy left nothing to chance on debut as a two year old where she gamely broke her maiden at first asking. Similar to modern great producers such as Take Charge Lady and Hookedonthefeelin – both of whom broke their maidens at first asking – Dame Dorothy went on to win at the highest level annexing the Humana Distaff (gr.I). Inconvenienced and the start, and in tight during the run, Dame Dorothy showed extraordinary determination and brilliance in defeating the 2014 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter Judy the Beauty and multiple Grade One winner Sweet Reason in what was a strong renewal of that race.

Only once out of a placing in her 11 career starts, 7 of which she was the winner, Dame Dorothy is a daughter of the Eclipse Champion 3YO colt and high class sire Bernardini out of the Woodman mare Vole Vole Monamour. Not only is Dame Dorothy a Grade One winner but she is a sister to the Group One winner Mrs. Lindsay, who in turn is the dam of the stakes winning Mr. Owen. There are no less than five active daughters or granddaughters of Vole Vole Monamour which would indicate that this family has plenty to offer in years to come.

While Dame Dorothy was brilliant up to a mile, this is a family that is also noted for its adaptability. Dame Dorothy’s half sister won up to the Classic distance of a mile and a half while her fourth dam is the great racemare Mrs. Penny who was swift enough to win a Cheveley Park Stakes (gr.I) over six furlongs, but classy enough to stay the distance of the French Oaks (gr.1) over a mile and a half.

As a brilliantly fast mare from a classic producing sireline and female family, Dame Dorothy has many of the intangibles that go towards not only a high class runner on the racetrack, but a broodmare of note in the breeding shed.

Race Videos


Dame Dorothy - Once in a Blue Moon


Dam of multiple G1 winner Rock Fall
G1 winner of the Spinaway, Acorn and Test
G1 winning stallion prospect by War Front
In Foal to Tapit
G1 winner by Bernardini