World Approval - one of two champions out of the top broodmare Win Approval - poses in the winner's circle along with trainer Mark Casse and owner Charlotte Weber after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar on November 4, 2017. Photo by Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup.

Blue Hen Mare Win Approval, Dam of Two Champions, Euthanized at Age 29

Edited Press Release

Win Approval, the 2017 Broodmare of the Year and foundation mare of Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud, was euthanized on July 19 due to the infirmities of old age, the farm announced today. She was 29 years old.

A daughter of With Approval out of the graded stakes-placed and stakes-producing Hoist the Flag mare Negotiator, Win Approval holds a rarified place in history as the dam of two Breeders’ Cup winner who were also named divisional champions. 

Her son Miesque’s Approval captured the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) en route to earning the Eclipse Award for champion grass horse that season. Over a decade later, her final foal World Approval – a gelded son by Northern Afleet – would duplicate that feat when he prevailed in three consecutive Grade 1 races including the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile to also earn year-end honors for champion turf male.

In addition to World Approval and Miesque’s Approval, Win Approval was the dam of multiple graded stakes winners Za Approval, who retired with more than $1.3 million in career earnings, and fellow millionaire Revved Up.

In addition to his Eclipse Award, World Approval was also named the 2017 Florida-bred Horse of the Year by the FTBOA, as well as champion older male, turf horse, and male sprinter that season. In 2016, he was the Florida-bred champion older male and turf horse.

Miesque’s Approval, by Miesque’s Son, also captured the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs, the Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, the Red Bank Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park, and the Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park during his championship season. In winning the Red Bank at Monmouth, Miseque’s Approval set a new course record for eight furlongs, getting the distance in 1:33.36 for trainer Martin Wolfson.

Along with her national Broodmare of the Year honor, Win Approval was also named the Florida Broodmare of the Year by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) in 2006, 2016, and 2017. All told, her she produced eight winners from 10 foals and her runners amassed earnings of $8,936,808.

“She will be missed, but never forgotten,” Weber said in a release.