Grade I winner and producer Madcap Escapade (Hennessy--Sassy Pants, by Saratoga Six) died Saturday after complications from colic. Owned by Bruce Lunsford and Hill 'n' Dale Farms, the 11-year-old mare won the 2004 GI Ashland S., as well as the GII Princess Rooney H., GII Forward Gal S. and GII Shirley Jones H. She was third in the GI Kentucky Oaks. On the board in eight of nine starts, she won seven times and earned $1,052,852.
Madcap Escapade, carrying her first foal, sold to Hill 'n' Dale for $6 million at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. That first foal was Mi Sueno (Pulpit), a $1.7-million Keeneland November weanling purchased by Southern Equine in 2007. The filly went on to win the 2009 GI Darley Debutante S. The mare's 2008 foal, California (A.P. Indy), sold for $1 million to the bid of Demi O'Byrne at the 2009 Keeneland September sale. She has a yearling filly by Unbridled's Song and produced a colt by Malibu Moon this spring.
"We have retained an A.P. Indy filly out of Madcap Escapade [Divine Escapade] who is unraced and in foal to War Front and will race her 2-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song," said John G. Sikura, President of Hill 'n' Dale Farms. "Madcap Escapade was a fantastic race mare and well on her way to becoming a great broodmare. We are terribly saddened by the loss. She will be buried on the farm next to Hill 'n' Dale foundation mare Daijin."