Horse Racing: MC Hammer's Kentucky Oaks ace Lite Light dies; BLOODSTOCK DESK.
LITE LIGHT, winner of the 1991 Kentucky Oaks and dam of the Group 2 Flying Childers winner Saddad, died on May 5 after rupturing a uterine artery while giving birth at Edward P Evans's Spring Hill Farm in Virginia. Her Mineshaft filly foal survived, writes Rachel Pagones.
The daughter of Majestic Light, initially trained by leading northern California handler Jerry Hollendorfer, was among the stars of a string of horses owned by rapperMC Hammer, who shot to fame during the late 1980s with hits like Turn This Mutha
Out and U Can't Touch This.
Hammer also campaigned the Star De Naskra colt Dance Floor, trained by D Wayne Lukas to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes and finish third in the 1992 Kentucky Derby.
Lite Light did her part to add to Hammer 's considerable flamboyance, including winning the Kentucky Oaks by ten lengths.
She also collected trophies for the Las Virgenes Stakes, the Santa Anita Oaks and the Coaching Club American Oaks, all Grade 1s.
However, her most memorable moment may have come in the Mother Goose Stakes, when her epic battle with two-year-old filly champion Meadow Star was dubbed "The Mother of All Gooses" by the latter's trainer Leroy Jolley. Meadow Star won by a nose. Lite Light was later switched to Lukas's southern California barn, from where she raced until the age of five. She was retired with a record of eight wins from 26 starts and earnings of EUR1,231,596.
Originally purchased for EUR35,000 as a yearling by Jack Finley, Lite Light, who was out of the In Reality mare Printing Press, was sold privately as a broodmare to Mitsua Haga, the owner of Green Gates Farm in Lexington.
Hammer's fortunes around this time were descending as rapidly as they had arisen, and he eventually declared bankruptcy and became a preacher.
Lite Light was sold again at the 1998 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale to the Foxfield Farm of Carl Ichan - Meadow Star's owner - for EUR750,000. The Gone West foal she was carrying at the time turned out to be Saddad, purchased as a Keeneland September yearling for EUR400,000 by Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Company.
At the age of 16, Lite Light was resold as part of Icahn's dispersal of commercial breeding stock at Keeneland's 2004 November sale. Evans bought her for EUR675,000, along with as her colt foal by Thunder Gulch, who is unraced, for EUR190,000.
In all, Lite Light produced 12 foals, of whom the best were her second, the Japanese stakes winner Gaily Egret, by Storm Cat, and her fourth, Group 2 winner Saddad. She has a two-year-old colt by Vindication named Light Sentence, as well as a yearling filly by Grand Slam.
Rapper MC Hammer with Lite Light at Churchill Downs
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 16, 2007|
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