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~ Ipi Tombe ~
1998 bay mare (Manshood x Carnet De Danse, by Dance In Time)

Great racehorses are rare, and great racing fillies can be rarer still. Precious few of them can consistently dominate their own sex, let alone compete on the highest levels against males. Those that have are an elite company, like Busher, Twilight Tear, or Miesque. Ipi Tombe more than earned her place among them, winning 12 of 14 starts against all comers, from sprints to routes, and often as the high-weight in a field of males. She won races in 4 different countries on 3 separate continents and was named a champion in 2 of them. But the story of Ipi Tombe is unique for more than just her accomplishments, brilliant though they are. Her's is one of racing's greatest rags-to-riches tales, beginning humbly in strife-torn Zimbabwe.


~ Video Archive ~

Clips of Ipi's early life in Zimbabwe:

History of ZIM racing with lots of footage of Ipi's African and Dubai races:

Video from Denali Stud of Ipi and her 2013 colt:


~ News ~

5/15/18: Long overdue updates to this site coming soon!

Go For Two has officially been retired from racing. He is with Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds, Inc, awaiting a new home and a new career.

Ipi foaled a healthy bay colt by Medaglia d'Oro. She is booked to Kitten's Joy.

11/8/12: Pin Turn was sold at the Keeneland Novermber 2012 sale as part of the dispersal of Paradox Farms. She is on her way to a new home in South Africa.

9/19/12: After RNAing at the Keeneland September sale, Ipi's 2011 Medaglia d'Oro colt was purchased privately by Team Valor. He has been named Dance Marathon, an homage to the dance sequences in the musical that inspired his dam's name. He will be trained by Graham Motion.

4/17/12: Go For Two will be making his first start on Thursday, April 19th, in the 9th race at Aqueduct.

2/12/12: Pin Turn has produced a healthy colt by Lemon Drop Kid!

1/31/12: Ipi's 2010 filly by MDO has been named Hug Doc. If anyone knows the significance of the name, I'd love to hear from you!

~ News Archive ~


Ipi Tombe's Race Record

Ipi Tombe's Pedigree

Ipi Tombe's Foals:

2005 - Monastic Springs, bay horse by Sadler's Wells (deceased)
2006 - Pin Turn, chestnut mare by Pivotal
2007 - barren to Montjeu
2008 - slipped Giant's Causeway filly
2009 - Go For Two, dark bay gelding by Giant's Causeway
2010 - Hug Doc, bay mare by Medaglia d'Oro
2011 - Dance Marathon, bay gelding by Medaglia d'Oro
2012 - did not catch on late 2011 cover to Medaglia d'Oro
2013 - Bad Call, bay gelding by Medaglia d'Oro
2014 - lost filly by Kitten's Joy
2015 - slipped Scat Daddy foal
2016 - Strictly Biz, chestnut colt by Fed Biz
2017 - did not catch to Fast Anna
2018 - did not catch to Fed Biz or Overanalyze


Monastic Springs
2005 b c Sadler's Wells x Ipi Tombe

Pin Turn
2006 c m Pivotal x Ipi Tombe

Go for Two
2009 b g Giant's Causeway x Ipi Tombe

Hug Doc
2010 b m Medaglia d'Oro x Ipi Tombe
Dance Marathon
2011 b c Medaglia d'Oro x Ipi Tombe
Bad Call
2013 b c Medaglia d'Oro x Ipi Tombe

Acknowledgements: Many, many, many thanks to Kathleen and Barry Irwin of Team Valor for putting up with all of my questions and helping me meet Ipi; to Jim Devlin and Karen Klein for graciously sharing their photos with me and keeping me updated while Ipi was overseas; to Barbara Livingston for sharing her stunning photos; to Sara (Skalley) Fagan for keeping me up to date about Ipi's new foals and for sharing her pictures; and to the Bandoroffs and the Denali Stud staff for letting me visit. :-)

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