The racing mare and broodmare, Wheatly Way, died on Oct. 17 at Joclyn Helmbrecht’s Echo Lane Farm in Ocala, Florida at the age of 24.
She was part of the family for many years and will be deeply missed. I am glad to have had the opportunity to give her a happy retirement as she has been so good to us.
Wheatly Way was the foundation mare for Michael Helmbrecht's Woodbridge Farm and partner Bill Geist. She produced the Grade I 1999 Futurity Stakes winner Bevo with Prospectors Gamble. With Carson City, she produced Moonlight Sonata, winner of the Grade III 2002 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes. Moonlight Sonata went on to produce Grade II winner Wilburn by Bernardini, and Beethoven by Sky Mesa. Yet another daughter of Wheatly Way was Vargas Girl who produced Sky Girl.
Bred in Florida by the Pilchers, Wheatly Way was the daughter of Wheatly Hall out of Family Way by Cyane. She ran a great race and won the 1991 Melaleuca Stakes. Wheatly Way ran a total of 25 races.
Michael Helmbrecht said, "Wheatly Way was a tremendous mare. She was the cornerstone of our breeding operation. I'm truly going to miss the old girl.”
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