Affirmed – Antique Value by Northern Dancer
It takes a special kind of horse to compete in stakes company on dirt and turf. Antique Mystique was a special kind of horse.
After coming close to scoring a couple times at two, Antique Mystique didn’t make her partners wait long into the New Year before breaking her maiden. She picked up two victories in the first two months of her three-year-old year, both at prestigious Hialeah Park. Although she was unable to procure black-type that year, she came close when finishing fourth in her graded stakes debut.
The bay filly had her most successful season at four. She scored a good-looking victory on the dirt at the Meadowlands in the Burlington County Stakes. Prior to that she had garnered stakes placings on the lawn in the Eatontown Handicap and, most notably, the G2 New York Handicap.
Sold as a broodmare prospect for nearly $200,000, she regrettably never produced any offspring. One can’t help but wonder what might have been. Three of her sisters went on to produce stakes horses. The best of them, her Japanese 1000 Guineas-winning half, Vega, was particularly successful. Her first son, Admire Vega, took the Japanese Derby, while her third son, Admire Don, earned over $7.5 million and stamped himself as one of the best dirt horses in Japan.