Born: September 13, 1985
Died: August 2, 2015
Dam: Rom’s Stiletto
10 Starts in Australia, 3 Wins, 2 Places
Career Earnings: $34,180 (Australian)
Princess Royale was born in Australia and held the record for the highest price yearling filly to go through the Easter sales. She raced 10 times. Princess came to the USA in December 1989 and went through several sales. She eventually ended up in Indiana where a veterinarian saved her from the kill buyer for just $400. Our Mims Retirement Haven welcomed Princess Royale as a resident on November 24, 2006.
Her stall is fittingly decorated in feminine pinks and violets, adorned with painted hearts and flowers and a small sign that humorously states, “We can’t all be princesses – Someone has to clap when I walk by.” And she is indeed of regal breeding. Princess Royale is the 29-year-old daughter of Bletchingly, an outstanding sprinter who was Australia’s leading sire in 1980, ’81, and ’82, out of a mare named Rom’s Stiletto. It is reported that the paparazzi eagerly awaited the birth of the Princess; and she held the record as the highest-priced yearling filly to go through the Easter sales.
In her racing career, Princess Royale had a record of three wins and two second-place finishes in her ten starts. She was also successful as a broodmare, producing ten foals, nine of which raced and altogether earned over $1,000,000.
But the sweet-natured gray mare’s days were not always befitting of a princess. She came to the United States in 1989, passed through several sales, and eventually was bought by a veterinarian for $400 – a meager sum, but it was a purchase that surely spared her life.
Since 2006 Princess Royale has been a much-loved resident of Our Mims Retiremen Haven, located near Paris, Kentucky, where she and her stablemates receive the care and compassion they deserve. When some Australian racing enthusiasts visited the haven, they eyed the gray mare’s conformation and asked, without knowing her name, if she had Bletchingly bloodlines. Then came the realization: “Oh my gosh! This is the Princess?!” The enthusiastic fans excitedly requested a photo with the mare they admired.
“My kingdom for a horse” is the phrase painted inside her stall. These days, Princess Royale delights in quiet and gentle attention, an ample supply of treats, and time spent grazing in the spacious pasture with her stablemates. Indeed, the haven – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Jeanne Mirabito and dedicated to the rescue, revitalization, and care of retired Thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares – is a peaceful kingdom for the Princess and all of the horses who reside there.
~ by Lori K. Black, August 3, 2015
Princess Royale’s Foals:
1992- Eishin Memphis- raced 25 times with 4 wins, 1 place and 1 show—$656,396
1993-King Of All- raced 11 times with 3 wins, 7 places and 5 shows–$55,172
1995- Royale Attack
1996- Danzigs Silver
1997- Billy Rockwell
1999- Georges Star- raced 21 times with 4 wins, 1 place and 1 show–$50,525
2000- Tom Brown- raced with 1 place–$3,340
2001- Presidential Perk- winner of $4,260+
2002-Whazuplittleman- raced 48 times with 8 wins, 8 places and 8 shows–$55,338