By BRIEN BOUYEA
Open Mind announced her presence with authority right from the beginning of her illustrious career. Bred in New Jersey by Due Process Stables, Open Mind (Deputy Minister—Stage Luck, by Stage Door Johnny) debuted in August of 1988 with a victory in her home state at Monmouth Park. She quickly established herself as one of the sport’s bright stars en route to earning the Eclipse Award as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.
As a 2-year-old, Open Mind won four of six starts, including Grade 1 victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Demoiselle, to take divisional honors. Eugene Klein’s chestnut filly finished second in her other two starts that year.
Under the direction of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Open Mind won her first eight races as a 3-year-old in 1989 to push her win streak to 10. Among her victories were Grade 1 scores in the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn, Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama. She also added wins in the Forward Gal, Bonnie Miss, and Pimlico Oaks.
Open Mind’s win in the Coaching Club American Oaks completed her sweep of the New York Filly Triple Crown series, which also included the Acorn and Mother Goose. At the time of her Hall of Fame induction, only seven other fillies — all members of the Hall of Fame — had won the combination of the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club American Oaks.
Open Mind posted a record of 8-0-2 from 11 starts in 1989 to earn the Eclipse Award as Champion 3-Year-Old. Following her second championship season, Open Mind was sold to a Japanese breeder for $4.6 million. She raced twice at age five, concluding her career with a record of 12-2-2 from 19 starts and earnings of $1,844,372.