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lady ann reed

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Lady Ann Potempkin
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Peter Potempkin

The daughter of Wayward and Lady Ann Potempkin by Peter Potempkin was a 1955 foal bred and raised at the Reed-Yates Farm in Towanda, IL. Her sire was a son of Volomite and her dam, who was twenty-four when she foaled Lady Ann Reed, was a granddaughter of Peter the Great. Her maternal family was so obscure it could not be traced beyond the fourth dam.

Lady Ann Reed was sold as a yearling at Princeton, Illinois for $600 to Day Mangus of Kirksville, Missouri. After training on a fair track in the northeastern Missouri community, she won 10 of 23 starts as a two-year-old, including major stakes in Illinois. As a three-year-old she was shipped to Painesville, Ohio. Matched against some of the best trotters in the region she began to show promise. That year, 1958, she went in 2:02.1. This was the fastest time ever by a sophomore filly on a half-mile track. Stanley Dancer spotted her potential and persuaded one of his owners to purchase her.

Lady Ann Reed's racing career ended abruptly when she became seriously lame. She was purchased by Delvin Miller at the Harrisburg Sale. Later, Hugh A. Grant, Sr., Bradford, Pennsylvania and J. Gordon Smith, Dover, Delaware joined with Miller in ownership. Lady Ann Reed's  second foal was a Jamie colt, Meadow Tarport p,3,2:01h ($94,585). Her third Jamie foal was Meadow Effie, the dam of Meadow Flower 3,2:01.4 ($124,271) and Grassland p,1:57.4m ($130,852).

Her third colt, Tarport Devlin 2,2:01, took his mark upsetting Trotting Triple Crown winner, Lindy's Pride. Tarport Devlin's sophomore potential was judged so great he was rated third on the USTA Experimentals for 1969, behind Lindy's Pride and Dayan. He went on to sire 1981 Hambletonian winner Shiaway St. Pat 3,1:59.4 ($550,611).

Another noteworthy offspring of Lady Ann Reed was Lady Jamie 3,2:04h. She was the grandam of Winky's Gill 3,1:55.2 ($472,154., who was the dam of Supergill 3,1:53.3 ($664,194. and Winky's Goal 3,1:54.4 ($844,924). Supergill sired 1997 Hambletonian winner Malabar Man 3,1:53.1 ($2.2 million). He was also the top sire of two-year-olds in Italy in 2001. Tarport Lady Ann, also by Jamie, is the great-grandam of SJ's Caviar 3,1:53.4 ($1,288,466). Lady Ann Reed's other significant offspring include LeMans Chip, Deke Palmer, Leander Blue Chip (a noted Scandinavian star) and Pintail.

Lady Ann Reed died at Blue Chip Farms, Wallkill, New York in November 1979. She was 24.

Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 2002 Souvenir Journal and "The 2001 Immortals" (2002)