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REPORT BY STEPHANIE J RUFF

PHOTOS BY VANESSA MOREAU-SIPIERE AND RANDI CLARK


Wibwilcca (pronounced vi'-vil-ka) encompasses everything one looks for in an entry into the Racing Hall of Fame. She was Darley Champion Older Mare in 1999. Overall she raced for 5 years with a record of 46(12-12-5)6-6, $105,775. Among other races, she won the Victorias Secrett S. at Delaware Park and the K A Czubuthan Arabian Cup and Harem Arabian H. at Lone Star Park for then owners Dan and Claudia Spears.


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-placed winners. Two of her daughters, DC Willful Spirit and DC Well Done, are now producing as well so it will be interesting to see if her legacy can continue through the generations.


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-placed six times while earning over $40,000. Her next foal, DC Willful Spirit, a full sister to Vibvilca, won the Texas Yellow Rose as a 4-year-old.


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-bred foal out of their champion mare. She had an excellent year winning three races and finishing second three times out of eight starts. Appropriately enough, her victory in the Texas Lone Star Juvenile S. came on the night Wibwilcca was formally inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.  The night "was very special," said Jon. "Claudia was able to be at that race along with other members of our family."


Now at age 23, Wibwilcca is much loved as the matriarch of the farm and is still going strong. She has a coming 3-year-old named Uptown WTF (by No Risk Al Maury) and a 2017 filly. She has established herself as one to remember - an outstanding racemare who could pass along her ability regardless of the stallion.


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Wibwilcca Immortalized in Racing Hall of Fame Originally published in December 2017/January 2018 Arabian Finish Line