Mrs. Thomas Voss’ homebred Swoop won her first career stakes, rallying from last to post a win by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares in Saratoga steeplechase action on Thursday, Aug. 3.

Trained by Elizabeth Voss, daughter of the late Thomas Voss, Swoop won her first stakes race in her 24th career start and finished on the board for the first time in four starts at the Spa. The victory commenced a memorable week for the Voss family, as Tom Voss was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Friday.

The family of Swoop goes back decades with the Voss family, starting with the private purchase of the unraced Ack Ack mare Miss Castle Hill in 1987. Miss Castle Hill had been owned by Mrs. Harold P. Whitmore, who also owned the Maryland stallion Lord Lister and purchased the mare specifically to bred to him. Miss Castle Hill produced two Lord Lister foals before being sold to Tom Voss, the first, from the stallion’s first crop in 1986, was the filly Lady Lister, who went on to win two stakes in California at 2 and was Grade 1-placed.

For Voss and his wife Mimi, Miss Castle Hill had five foals, four winners. To the cover of the Voss owned and trained stakes winner Whatever For, Miss Castle Hill produced Sennacherib in 1989. In addition to stakes-placings on the flat at Delaware Park and Laurel, bay gelding was also successful over jumps, setting two course records during his career in which he earned $108,420.

Even better was the Waquoit gelding Shoot Back, an earner of $223,880 over seven seasons as he placed in Saratoga’s Grade 3 Seneca Handicap as well as the Riggs and Chieftain Handicaps in Maryland.

Miss Castle Hill’s final foal, a daughter of Belmont Stakes-G1 winner and top Maryland sire Caveat, was born in 1994. Named Admonish, she won three times and earned $91,085 before retiring to the Voss broodmare band in 2001.

Three of Admonish’s seven foals are by Preakness Stakes-G1 winner Louis Quatorze, with Swoop the only winner. Admonish is also the dam of Farndale, a son of Petionville who finished third in Far Hills’ Gladstone Hurdle in his career debut in 2009. Her final foal, the Thunder Gulch filly Ahoy born in 2011, was unplaced in two career starts.

Read more about the running of the Mrs. Ogden Phipps hurdle stakes here 

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