Urbane, one of the most accomplished Maryland-bred fillies of the 1990s, died of foaling complications on the evening of Monday, Feb. 24, reported owner Samantha Siegel in a tweet the following afternoon. The 22-year-old mare’s 11th foal, a filly by Into Mischief, survived.

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A member of the first crop of Maryland sire Citidancer, Urbane competed for three years, and was named champion after each campaign. Bred by Frank J. Zureick and Violet Cleveland, the beautiful bay out of the Pleasant Colony mare Dumfries Pleasure was purchased by Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel for $25,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale in 1993. When she retired at age 4, Urbane was one of only three Maryland-bred distaffers to earn $1 million or more (joining Safely Kept and Jameela). She amassed $1,018,568 from 18 starts, winning eight (seven stakes) and hitting the board in eight others (all graded stakes).

A two-time Grade 1 winner, Urbane recorded her first during her 3-year-old season in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes. The next year she added Saratoga’s John A. Morris Handicap in a season in which she won four stakes, including the Delaware Handicap-G3. Urbane placed five times in Grade 1 company - second in the Kentucky Oaks, Hollywood Starlet and Santa Anita Oaks (the latter two by a nose and a head to eventual champion Serena’s Song), and third in the Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap and Las Virgenes Stakes.

Urbane was a valuable member of the Siegels’ broodmare band. Her third foal was millionaire Suave, a son of A.P. Indy campaigned by the Siegels’ Jay Em Ess Stable. A multiple graded winner and Grade 1-placed runner of $1,348,423, Suave later sired Grade 1 winner Willy Beamin. Worldly, a full brother to Suave, has won or placed in nine stakes while earning $422,319. In his most recent start, he was third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon-G2.

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