HISTORY OF THE MOTHER GOOSE
The Mother Goose is a Grade 1,
$300,000 event for 3year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on Belmont’s dirt
course. It is named for Harry Payne Whitney’s filly who won the 1924
Futurity. Originally run in 1957, it has
been held without an interruption. It
was originally part of NYRA’s Filly Triple Crown (later called the Triple
Tiara) with the Acorn and the Coaching Club American Oaks, but has been
replaced by the Alabama.
It is not hard to see why the
Mother has attained Grade 1 status.
Eleven winners have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: Cicada (1962),
Dark Mirage (1968), Shuvee (1969), Chris Evert (1974), Ruffian
(1975), Davona Dale (1979), Mom’s Command (1985), Open
Mind (1989), Go for Wand (1990), Sky Beauty (1993) and Serena’s
Other champions who have won the
Mother Goose are Indun (1958), Quill (1959), Berlo (1960),
Lady Pitt (1966), Furl Sail (1967), Office Queen (1970), Wayward
Lass (1981), Life’s Magic (1984), Meadow Star (1991), Yank’s
Music (1996), Ajina (1997), and Rachel Alexandra (2009).
Allan Carter, Historian
National Museum of Racing