PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

In this photo released by Gulfstreatm Park, Peach Flambe, with jockey Eddie Castro up, captures the Cicada Stakes horse race at Gulfstream Park, Saturday, April 19, 2008 in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Cicada (foaled on May 9, 1959) at Christopher Chenery‘s Meadow Stud in Virginia, was considered by many the best horse Meadow Stud ever bred up until the arrival or Secretariat.

A bay filly by Bryan G, she was out of Satsuma whose dam was Hildene, a “blue hen” mare and the first horse owned by Chenery.

Cicada was trained by Casey Hayes, who also trained Hill Prince, First Landing, and Sir Gaylord. Hayes believed in starting his horses young so Cicada first raced in February of 1961 at Hialeah Park Race Track and won easily by four and a half lengths. She won one allowance race and lost one before entered into her first stakes race.

Still a bit green, she lost the Fashion Stakes but then romped home in her third allowance. And then she wired the Blue Hen Stakes, winning by five and a half lengths. Cicada was never out of the money in her sixteen starts as a two-year-old. She won eleven, six of those eleven were in a row. The money she earned in that first year was a record for her sex.

For her career, she ran 42 times winning 23 races and $783,674 — also a record for a filly at the time.

As a broodmare she produced one stakes winner — Cicada’s Pride. She died at age 22 in 1981.

(AP Photo/Gulfstream Park, Adam Coglianese)