Our beautiful, sweet, kind Bint Marscay has left us. After holding the line so well and long against chronic arthritis and its complications, she let us know on Monday night that it was time. Her best friend, Laura Battles who has given her special care and companionship for years, was with her, and Binty showed the same grace and kindness she has shared with us all during all her time with us.
As soon as I wrote “our” Bint Marscay I realized that of course she was far from just “ours.” She is loved on two continents. In her native Australia she was 1993 Champion 2 Year Old Filly, won the Golden Slipper S (G1), Magic Night S (G2) and other stakes, and gave birth to graded stakes winners Bollinger (dam of Friesan Fire), and Mannington. “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bint Marscay,” said longtime trainer Richard Freedman via email. “She was one of the greatest 2-year-olds to race in Australia, and she remains a yardstick by which Australian 2-year-olds are still measured today. She gave me, my family, and her racing connections so much joy.
“I thank Old Friends for taking such loving care of her in her retirement, she deserved no less,” Freedman added. “Her final years were happy, and her passing was peaceful. RIP old girl, you will be remembered.”
These photos of Laura’s go back in time from this month to the beginning of the bond they formed more than three years ago. Here is who Bint Marscay was, and what her retirement at Old Friends was like, through the loving eyes that knew her so well.