REPORT BY STEPHANIE J RUFF
PHOTOS BY VANESSA MOREAU-
Wibwilcca (pronounced vi'-
As a broodmare, Wibwilcca may be even better. To date, she has had seven foals of racing age, and all of them have started. Six have been winners, four stakes winners and two stakes-
Bred in Kentucky by the Teisan Auto Co. Ltd., Wibwilcca is the daughter of two horses imported from Poland by Lasma. Her sire, Wilkolak (by El Paso), won three races in Poland and was brought to the U.S. in 1988. Her dam, Wibracja (by Elef), sold for $450,000 in the 1985 Polish Ovation Sale held by Lasma. Wibwilcca was the only runner she produced, but Whazi+/ (by El Ghazi) was successful in the Western Pleasure arena.
Dan and Claudia Spears purchased the bay mare as a yearling. They raced her for her entire career and then brought her to the breeding shed. In 2013, she along with other horses, were sold to Jon and Krista Henningsgard of Waller, Texas. She became the foundation mare for their breeding program. Having a mare of that caliber "allowed us to start at the top the food chain and inherit 25 years of professional breeding," said Jon. "It was huge."
Wibwilcca's foals have been consistently very good regardless of the covering sire. She has been bred to six different stallions. Her first foal Vibvilca (by Virgule Al Maury) never quite managed a stakes win, but won four races and was stakes-
The next stakes winner was the 2008 filly DC Willeys Song (by Doran SBFAR) who raced for four years. Like her mother, she had her best year as an older mare at age seven. She won or placed in seven of eight starts and won the grade 1 Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff H. and two other stakes en route to being named Darley Champion Older Mare. She retired with over $124,000 in earnings and is also owned by the Henningsgards as the apparent successor to Wibwilcca in the breeding shed.
The next foal raced by the Henningsgards that was out of Wibwilcca was Uptown Dannys Boy, a handsome grey son of Burning Sand named in honor of the late Dan Spears. He raced for two years in the U.S., winning the Jerry Partin Memorial COBRA Sprint S. and earning almost $59,000 before being exported to the UAE.
Running this year has been Uptown Sandy Girl, the first Henningsgard-
Now at age 23, Wibwilcca is much loved as the matriarch of the farm and is still going strong. She has a coming 3-
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