At a glance

  • Filly, Ontario-bred, foaled February 23, 2022
  • By Souper Speedy out of Kin’s Ghost
  • Trainer: Kevin Attard
  • Foundation development at Margaux Farm (KY)
  • Acquired at 2023 CTHS Canadian Premier Yearling Sale
  • Owned in partnership with Terra Racing Stable

Skylight Caper was named after one the world’s greatest unsolved art thefts and the most valuable museum heist in Canadian history. The Skylight Caper took place on September 4, 1972, the day Canada’s hockey team won game two against the USSR to tie the Summit Series.

In the early morning hours, three individuals snuck into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through a skylight. After incapacitating three guards without hurting anyone, the thieves spent 30 minutes gathering paintings and artifacts before tripping an alarm. They left with an immensely valuable haul of 18 paintings (including a rare Rembrandt), 39 figurines, and pieces of jewellery valued at a combined $2 million to $5 million at that time. That haul is estimated to be worth well over $40 million today.

The masterminds of the Skylight Caper left behind no clues, information, or suspects. The museum heist is considered one of the most daring in modern history. The theft remains unsolved to this day.

About the sire

Our filly’s sire, Souper Speedy, is a stakes winning son of Indian Charlie who was an important sire of Champions, a G1 Santa Anita Derby winner, and third place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. Half brother to G1 winning millionaire Brilliant Speed and hailing from one of the richest, deepest families in the stud book, Souper Speedy is a Top 10 cumulative fourth crop sire in North America and was the #1 sire in Canada in 2021, #2 in 2022, and #3 in 2023 by average earnings per starter. He has sired 6 crops of racing age, 255 foals (including Canuck Racing Club’s Sinclairity), 129 starters (including Canuck Racing Club’s Hanlan), 9 black-type winners, and 81 winners of 229 races (including Canuck Racing Club’s Vandoo) with progeny earnings $8,724,039.

About the dam

Skylight Caper is the fourth foal by Kin’s Ghost, an Ontario-bred mare by Ghostzapper out of Kincardine. Bred by Stronach Stables, Ghostzapper is a Kentucky-bred winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic who retired with a record of 9-0-1 (including 7 stakes wins) and $3.46 million in purses in 11 starts. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, Ghostzapper won two Eclipse Awards in 2004 for Horse of the Year and Champion Older Horse.

Kincardine was sired by Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector – Angel Fever), a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner (2000) who retired after 9 starts with a record of 6-2-0 and just under $2 million in purses.

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