Hall of Fame Inductee, 1983



A truly gifted race filly that won stakes races each year she campaigned for trainer Duke Campbell and owner J. Louis Levesque, Ciboulette would gain far greater fame after she had been retired to the broodmare shed where she made the acquaintance of Northern Dancer and his dad, Nearctic.

She would quickly become one of Canada’s great foundation mares as her runners would distinguish themselves as champions and great producers as well. Her first cover in 1966 was to the young stallion Northern Dancer, a mating that produced Fanfreluche, a bay filly that was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1970 after winning seven stakes races, including the important Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y. The first foal by “Fanny” was Queen’s Plate champion and two-time Horse of the Year L’Enjoleur, thus a grandson of Ciboulette. Her next foal, by Nearctic, was the stakes winning Coco La Terreur. The following year she produced a stakes winning colt by Northern Dancer called Barachois, who won the Plate Trial and was second in the Queen’s Plate. Another offspring, Erimo Ciboulette, was shipped to Japan and was a stakes winner there.

Levesque purchased Ciboulette for $20,000 at E.P. Taylor’s pre-priced sale of yearlings in 1962. On the track the daughter of Chop Chop-Windy Answer won 14 of 33 starts. Her stakes victories included the important Princess Elizabeth, Shady Well, Maple Leaf and Duchess Stakes. Ciboulette, who was a half-sister to Hall of Famer Cool Reception, died on June 1, 1981, of heart failure.