It was a late-winter day on Mrs. John D. Hertz's Stoner Creek Stud in Paris, Kentucky, and the little filly (right) was only three days old. She did not feel like having her picture taken. She felt like kicking up her heels. In fact, she made such a fuss that these five mares galloped up to their paddock fence (above) to see what the commotion was about.
It was, after all, a family matter. The dark bay filly is one of some 9,000 Thoroughbred foals who will be dropped in this land by the end of May. But her sire is Count of Honor, who had a brief but successful career (seven wins in nine starts) before retiring to stud. Her dam is She Devil, daughter of the stakes-winning Our Fleet. Count of Honor and Our Fleet were both sired by the celebrated Count Fleet, the 1943 Triple Crown winner. And every one of the mares lined up along the white fence at Stoner Creek is a daughter of Count Fleet. That makes the little unnamed filly the niece of them all. Just family curiosity? Not entirely. One of the circumstances that makes this rare picture even rarer: each of the five mares is awaiting the arrival, in a day to a week or so, of her own foal.
It will be a couple of years before the little filly will have a chance to go to the races. Ahead lie growth and play, then formal training. If all goes well, watch for the daughter of Count of Honor-She Devil in 1962.