A Queenly Filly
When Martin Anderson paid $92,000 for a bay daughter of *Princequillo-Spar Maid at the 1965 Keeneland Summer Sale, he was perhaps hoping she would turn out like Princequillo’s older daughter, the champion juvenile Quill. In keeping with the family, she given the name Quillo Queen, and if she didn’t quite make it to Quill’s level, she nevertheless made her name known
The filly first appeared in headlines when she ran champion juvenile filly Regal Gleam to a photo finish in the 1966 Selima Stakes at Laurel. Quillo Queen “opened up a substantial lead in the stretch but tired from her earlier efforts” and gave up the lead in the final stride. Her strong showing impressed fans and experts alike, and she assigned 113 pounds on the year-end Experimental Free Handicap (just three pounds less than Regal Gleam)
Quillo Queen kicked off her three-year-old season with almost identical back-to-back losses to the filly Woozem, a half-sister to stakes winners Run For Nurse and Gallant Romeo. In the Jasmine Stakes at Hialeah in mid-January, Woozem pulled away in the stretch to win by six lengths, but Quillo Queen beat Astarita Stakes winner Irish County and Regal Gleam to finish second. Less than a month later in the Mimosa Stakes, Woozem won by five, with Quillo Queen again second.
She got back into the big-time races in the $68,000 Acorn Stakes on May 29, but there she came up against her most frequent rival, Furl Sail. Furl Sail was beginning her run at the Triple Tiara, and she won the Acorn easily by three lengths, but Quillo Queen was once again a determined second. It was the same song a little over a week later in the Mother Goose at Aqueduct. Furl Sail made it two steps to the Tiara with another “romping” three-length victory. Quillo Queen edged King Ranch’s Muse for second place.
Furl Sail was all set to win her Triple Tiara in the 1967 Coaching Club American Oaks, but Quillo Queen was just as set to finally break into the winner’s circle. She was helped by a quick-footed filly named Sumtex, who engaged Furl Sail in an early speed duel that left the champion drained. With her main competition laboring in the stretch, Quillo Queen rocketed to the lead and kept going, scoring an “emphatic victory” by seven lengths. Furl Sail ended up fourth, behind Muse and Gardenia Stakes winner Pepperwood.
Riding her wave of success, Quillo Queen won the $58,000 Monmouth Oaks on July 4. She was the overwhelming favorite for the race, and she didn’t disappoint. Covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 1/5, Princequillo’s daughter rolled to an easy 3 1/2-length victory from future champion producer Secret Promise and Matron Stakes winner Swiss Cheese.
Quillo Queen had more than re-payed her purchase price, winning over $200,000 before being retired. Anderson retained her as a broodmare. The high point of her broodmare career came when her son Au Point (sired by French-raced champion Lyphard) won the 1983 Dwyer Stakes
Quillo Queen died in 1986, at the age of 22