Obituary: Sugar and Spice Dies at Our Mims Retirement Haven
Sugar and Spice (1977 Key to the Mint/Sweet Tooth by On and On) died at the Our Mims Retirement Haven (OMRH) at 4 pm on September 13, due to the infirmities of old age. OMRH is located at Ahwenasa Farm near Paris, Kentucky.
Sugar and Spice was a half-sister of both Our Mims and Alydar through the dam, Sweet Tooth. Sugar and Spice proudly carried on the family fame with several prestigious wins including the Mother Goose-G1 and Ashland Stakes-G2, and ended her racing career with 18 starts, 5 wins, 3 seconds and 3 thirds. Sugar then produced several winning foals.
OMRH purchased Sugar and Spice on May 7, 2004. Sugar and Spice moved into Our Mims’ vacated stall and was pampered like royalty. “Imagine how lucky I feel,” said Mirabito, “I have had the privilege of caring for two great Calumet mares, both out of the incredible Sweet Tooth.”
In keeping with its reverence for tradition and history, Calumet Farm welcomes the return of one of its own. Sugar and Spice will be laid to rest in the famed Calumet equine cemetery near her siblings, her dam, her second, third and fourth dams and generations of champions.
“Calumet was her home at birth, through her racing days and much of her career as a broodmare,” said Mirabito. “Calumet is where she belongs.”
OMRH is named after the 1977 champion three-year-old filly, Our Mims, who resided on the farm from February 9, 2000 until the time of her death on December 9, 2003. Jeanne Mirabito adopted Our Mims through ReRun, a Kentucky-based Thoroughbred adoption group. Our Mims was Calumet Farm’s first Eclipse winner.