By Evan Hammonds courtesy Bloodhorse.com
Drs. Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor of Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs reported the death of Naughty Natisha Feb. 24.
The 22-year-old mare is the dam of 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker and the stakes-winning Pupil, and was herself voted Champion New York Broodmare in 2007. The mare was found Wednesday morning in her paddock.
“She was my favorite broodmare,” Taylor said. “She’s 22 and since her first foal, she’s done everything right.”
“She had been a great broodmare for us,” Wilmot said. “She was such a cool horse. She was demure and self-contained. Nothing excited her. She set the tone for our broodmare band. She had all those little things.”
Naughty New Yorker won 11 stakes and earned $1,089,884. He won the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2006 and placed in four other graded stakes, including the 2007 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).
Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact—Noble Natisha, by Noble Commander, was bred in Kentucky by John A. Chandler and Garrett O’Rourke. She was winless in seven starts on the racetrack. Stepwise Farm purchased her for $150,000, carrying Pupil (by Unbridled), at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.
Wilmot and Taylor are eagerly awaiting the debut of Naughty Natisha’s 2014 Tapizar colt (named Carthon), for whom they have high hopes.