Miss Elvira, a foal of 1982 by Albatross, was bred by David Morrissey and Peter Oud of Ontario and purchased as a yearling by George Segal and the late Brian Monieson. As a two-year-old she won her only two starts, winning in 2:00 at Scioto Downs, but then she broke a bone and had to be retired from racing.
During her career as broodmare, Miss Elvira produced 14 foals, winners of nearly $4.5 million with 7 in 1:55. Two of her best performers were 2002 Presidential Pace winner Perfect Son p,3,1:50.2 ($625,050) by Jate Lobell and 2001 Simcoe Stakes winner Gothic Lady p,3,1:53.1s ($486,047) by Abercrombie.
Miss Elvira will always be best remembered as the dam of 1992 Horse of the Year Artsplace p,4,1:49.2 ($3,085,083). Born in 1988, Artsplace was Miss Elvira’s second foal and the first of six by Abercrombie. Artsplace remains one of the top ten moneywinning pacers of all time and his progeny have earned nearly $165 million to date, ranking him third on the list of all-time moneywinning sires. He was the leading moneywinning sire in the years 1997-2000 and 2002-2003. Artsplace has ranked far and away the top broodmare sire every year since 2007 and has sired the dams of winners of nearly $290 million, including Foiled Again p,9,1:48f ($6,211,508), the richest Standardbred of all time.
Miss Elvira is grand-dam to 17 millionaires, all sired by Artsplace. They include Art Major p,4,1:48.4 ($2,727,224), Glowing Report p,5,1:49.2 ($2,095,144) and Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Miss Elvira passed away while delivering a foal in May 2003 at Brittany Farms. She was 21.
NOTE: Miss Elvira was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame posthumously.