Sugar and Spice

Born: April 2, 1977
Died: September 13, 2004

Sire: Key to the Mint
Dam: Sweet Tooth

18 Starts: 5 Wins, 3 Places, 3 Shows
Career Earnings: $257,046

Sugar and Spice had 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.

Remembering Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice was the Haven’s very first official Lady. That seems very appropriate because Sugar was Mims’ half-sister. Born on April 2, 1977, Sugar was Sweeth Tooth’s fifth foal, and her sire was the very handsome Key to the Mint.

Sugar had quite the impressive race record. She won her first three career starts, including the G2 Ashland Stakes. She also won the G1 Mother Goose Stakes and the G2 Cotillion Stakes. Sugar placed in the G1 Ladies Handicap, the G2 Gazelle Handicap, and the G2 Firenze Handicap. She was third in the G1 Alabama Stakes, the G1 Acorn Stakes, and the G1 Delaware Oaks. All in all, Sugar earned $257,046 in 18 starts, 5 wins, 3 places, and 3 shows.

Sugar’s most successful race foal, a filly named Cinnamon Sugar by Wild Again (Elmhurst’s daddy), earned $412,596 on the track. Sugar had eleven foals in all. Sweetness Song, her last foal – a colt by Unbridled’s Song – was sold in the Keeneland 2000 September sale for $80,000. Sugar was sold at auction twice: Keeneland, November 1991 (Calumet’s dispersal sale) when she was sold to David Minton Bloodstock for $425,000; and Keeneland, November 1994 when she was sold to John R. Gaines for $250,000.

Sugar was brought to Jeanne’s attention by Barbara D. Livingston. Barbara had seen Sugar on the farm and was concerned about the mare’s health. Barbara approached the farm, asking if they would donate Sugar to this brand-new retirement place for Thoroughbred broodmares. Cheryl and Jeanne had just finished raising money for Our Mims’ stone at Calumet and were getting the funding together for OMRH. They were prepared to begin another fundraising round to acquire Sugar, but soon found that wasn’t necessary. Sugar was purchased for $1 and came to live at the Haven in early May of 2004.

Jeanne set to work to help Sugar get better. Using only a few dollars worth of Betadine, good feed, and wonderful personal care, the change in Sugar’s physical appearance in only a few weeks was remarkable. Jeanne has said several times that Sugar was so grateful for her feed and attention. The mare would push her head gently into Jeanne’s chest and softly chortle to thank her every time she was fed. Sugar loved apples.

Unfortunately, the Haven didn’t get to enjoy Sugar’s company for long. Sugar died in September of 2004 at the age of 27. She was buried in Calumet’s equine cemetery, just across the path from Our Mims. Barbara wrote about Sugar’s burial in her book More Old Friends. Jeanne, Barbara, Cheryl, and Cheryl’s husband John were in attendance when the younger half-sister of Mims was laid to rest.

 (Source: Our Mims Facebook)

Obituary: Sugar and Spice dies at Our Mims Retirement Haven, September 14, 2004