Bowl of Flowers (KY)

Bowl of Flowers was voted champion filly in both years she raced, as a 2-year-old in 1960 and as a sophomore in 1961.

Bowl of Flowers (Eddie Arcaro up) in the winner's circle for the 1960 Frizette at Aqueduct (Bert and Richard Morgan/Museum Collection)
Inducted

2004

Foaled

1958

Sire

Sailor

Dam

Flower Bowl

Damsire

Alibhai

Breeder

Brookmeade Stable

Owner

Brookmeade Stable

Trainer

J. Elliott Burch

Career

1960-1961

Earnings

$398,504

Racing Record

16

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1960 8 6 2 0 $198706 $198,706
1961 8 4 1 3 $199798 $199,798

Biography

Bowl of Flowers was voted champion filly in both years she raced, as a 2-year-old in 1960 and as a sophomore in 1961.

A homebred for Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloane’s Brookmeade Stable, Bowl of Flowers came to hand quickly enough to win the National Stallion Stakes in the spring of her juvenile year for Hall of Fame trainer Elliott Burch. She continued through a sterling 2-year-old campaign that included victories in two of the richest races for her division. In the Gardenia Stakes, Bowl of Flowers won by a half-length over Angel Speed, and then in the Frizette Stakes, she won by three lengths over Counter Call.

The following spring, Bowl of Flowers returned to win her first two starts, including the Acorn Stakes, running her win streak to six races. After a head defeat by Funloving in the Mother Goose Stakes, Bowl of Flowers rebounded to win the historic Coaching Club American Oaks, scoring by five lengths over the same filly. Primonetta came to the fore to defeat her in the Alabama Stakes, but Bowl of Flowers reasserted her status as top filly of the 3-year-olds when she gained revenge in the Spinster Stakes. In the latter, she defeated not only Primonetta but also the year’s older distaff champion, Airman’s Guide. Her sporting owner then sent her out against males in the Roamer Handicap, and Bowl of Flowers was beaten only by a head by Belmont Stakes winner Sherluck in a blanket finish in her final career start.

Bowl of Flowers’ career came to an end because of a leg injury she suffered while training for a 4-year-old campaign. She was retired with a record of 10-3-3 from 16 starts and earnings of $398,504.

As a broodmare, Bowl of Flowers produced six named foals, including Grade 2 winner Spruce Bouquet. 

Achievements

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly — 1960
Champion 3-Year-Old Filly — 1961

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