Most weeks I post a ‘Dancer of the week on the “Northern Dancer: legend and legacy” Facebook site. This past week I was drawn to the mare You’resothrilling via her offspring, a filly named Happily. It wasn’t long before I discovered You’resothrilling is equine aristocracy and further evidence of Windfields Farm’s extraordinary influence on today’s Thoroughbreds.
Sister to Giant’s Causeway, Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2000. Her offspring include Marvelous, winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas and Gleneagles, Cartier Champion Two Year Old Colt 2014.
Both sides of You’resothrilling’s ancestry boast Windfields bloodlines: exceptional mares like South Ocean, Glorious Song, Natalma, and Ballade. Eddie Taylor would have been pleased. His mission was to breed great horses and to that end he likely spent several fortunes investing in the finest fillies and mares on either side of the Atlantic.
Between the Taylor’s farms in Oshawa and Maryland, there were hundreds of mares roaming the lush paddocks. Indeed some of my fondest memories were the hours I spent, camera in hand, doing little but watching and photographing the mares and their babies.
This is a Coolmore photo and the little foal next to You’resothrilling would grow up to be named Happily and she would win the G1 Moyglare Stakes at The Curragh last weekend. Happily.