Stellar Wind produced one of the finer careers in racing for fillies and mares in recent memory, and is attempting to pass that greatness on to the next generation. The now six-year-old mare is in Ireland and will be bred to Galileo, a leading sire in the U.K. and former 2001 three-year-old champion. Her interests are controlled by M.V. Magnier, who acquired Stellar Wind with a $6 million purchase at a 2017 Keeneland Sale.
As a daughter of Curlin, Stellar Wind comes from a bloodline that is noted for breeding. She also produced well on the track with an overall record of 10-2-1 in 17 starts with $2,093,000 in earnings. During her three-year-old filly season, Stellar Wind broke out with victories in the 2015 San Ysabel, Santa Anita Oaks, Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines. She finished 4th in the Kentucky Oaks that year as well, and also finished 2nd behind Stopchargingmaria in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
In her four-year-old season, Stellar Wind asserted herself as a true threat by finishing 2nd to Beholder in the 2016 Vanity before beating the future Hall of Famer in the 2016 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and the Zenyatta Stakes before coming in 4th in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff which was one by Beholder over Songbird.
Powering through her final year of competition, Stellar Wind would win the 2017 Apple Blossom Handicap, win the inaugural Beholder Mile and repeat in the Clement L. Hirsch before finishing a disappointing 8th in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Distaff behind Forever Unbridled. She recently ran 6th in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup, which was won by Gun Runner.
For a moment in time, Stellar Wind was the best female runner in the country and while she never came through in the world championships, her rise to fame was well reported given her cheap $86,000 acquisition price as a yearling. She is sure to garner much interest as a broodmare and will hopefully enjoy a profitable and illustrious second career.