By BRIEN BOUYEA
Bred in Kentucky by Sugar Maple Farm, Sky Beauty showed tremendous promise at age 2, developed into a force at age 3, and was a champion at age 4. She won at distances ranging from five furlongs to the classic 1¼ miles. She proved she could carry weight. She proved she could handle the big stage that is New York racing.
At age 2 in 1992, Sky Beauty (Blushing Groom—Maplejinsky, by Nijinsky II) won four of five starts for owner Georgia Hofmann and Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, including the Grade 1 Matron and the Grade 2 Adirondack. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect campaign was a disqualification in the Spinaway.
At 3, Sky Beauty won five consecutive races, including a sweep of the New York Filly Triple Crown, which consisted of the Acorn, Mother Goose, and the Coaching Club American Oaks. She then tacked on the Alabama Stakes and the Rare Perfume. Sky Beauty became just the eighth filly — and the most recent one — to win the combination of the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club American Oaks. All eight of those fillies are in the Hall of Fame.
Sky Beauty put together another five-race win streak at age 4 in 1994. She gave 10 pounds to You’d Be Surprised in winning the Hempstead, romped by 10 lengths in the Go for Wand, and carried 130 pounds while defeating Dispute in the Ruffian. Sky Beauty’s tremendous campaign netted her the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Female.
In a brief season at age 5 in 1995, Sky Beauty added a second victory in the Vagrancy. She retired with a record of 15-2-2 from 21 starts and earnings of $1,336,000. Sky Beauty won nine Grade 1 races.