Standout Thoroughbred In The 1980's Was Emancipation
In an abbreviated racing career where this gray filly competed only as a three and four year old, she managed to produce 19 victories, and one second out of just 28 starts.
Six of her victories came in Group 1 races, including consecutive victories in 1983 and 1984 in the 1500 m weight for age George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney.
Emancipation Sired By Bletchingly
Sired by Australian native Bletchingly, who is known chiefly for his contributions in that role even though he won four times out of five starts, Emancipation’s dam, Ammo Girl, claims Gunsynd for her sire. Small wonder then that Emancipation was destined for greatness.
Her new South Wales breeder had no interest in Emancipation as a racer and therefore instructed her trainer to lease her for racing purposes, a decision that would prove regrettable, except from the perspective of the lessee, Mr. R. Lapointe of Muskoka Farms.
Unraced as a two-year-old, emancipation was ridden throughout her career by Ron Clinton except for one occasion, that being her victory in the 1982 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes, where Kevin Moses steered her to the win at Flemington.
Spring Racing Wins
The Spring Racing Carnival of that season produced two listed wins, those coming in the STC Tea Rose stakes at Rosehill race course and the VRC Carbine Club stakes at Flemington in Melbourne. She raced four other times that spring with no wins to show for it.
She next appeared early in the Spring Racing Carnival where she won the AJC Light fingers Stakes at Randwick. Her next win represented quite a leap in quality when she took the Group 2 Canterbury Stakes.
Group One Victory
Her first Group 1 victory followed at Rosehill where she took the George Ryder Stakes, defeating Manikato in the process, and then went on to take the Doncaster Handicap at Randwick, leaving her with 10 wins from 13 starts as a three-year-old.
Her four-year-old campaign began with a Group 3 victory in the STC Premier Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. Next came Warwick Farm and the Group 1 AJC Chelmsford Stakes. She backed that two weeks later with a win in the Group 2 Hill Stakes at the greatest distance at which she was ever tried that produced a victory. She seemed by this time to be demonstrating advanced proficiency on dead tracks.
Her next win came in the Group 1 George Main Stakes. She was then beaten twice by a horse named Strawberry Road in the Caulfield Stakes and the W. S. Cox Plate, which seemed to indicate that 2000 m was out of her comfort zone.
Emancipation returned for the Autumn Carnival for her last nine races, where she immediately gained some measure of revenge on Strawberry Road by beating that thoroughbred in the AJC Apollo Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes. Next, the Sydney Turf Club Rosemount Classic at Rosehill fell to Emancipation, after which she added her second George Ryder Stakes victory.
Immediately afterwards, she took the All Aged Stakes at Randwick race course, which resulted in her notching her third Group 1 win in three tries.
Racehorse Of The Year
It was entirely appropriate, therefore, that the end of the season saw Emancipation declared the Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year.
Her final tally of 19 wins out of 28 jumps in a brief racing career established a record for sprinters of either gender that has only recently been surpassed.