IN his almost 65 years of holding a trainers’ licence, master handler Ormond Ferraris has never trained anything as good as the bay speed machine Tracy’s Element (AUS).
Our headline photo shows the imported daughter of Last Tycoon sprinting clear to win the 1993 Gr1 Smirnoff Bloodline Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville under Jeff Lloyd, beating Cape Nursery winner Command Control (Vaughan Marshall/Karl Neisius), SA Nursery winner Bold Cruiser (Nic Claassen/Marthinus Mienie) and later accomplished Crimson Waves in a time of 69,02s.
She became the third filly only (after Amazing Grace in 1975 and Empress Club in 1991), to win SA’s premier test for juveniles against the colts, who included Tony Millard’s promising galloper Royal Thunder, winner of the Topsport Bloodline Million.
Bred by Segenhoe Stud, Tracy’s Element showed ability from the start, winning her first three starts on the trot as a two year old, racing in the silks of Maura Hinton. She ended her first campaign with acknowledgement as the best of her year, and was duly named the ARCSA Champion Two-Year-Old Filly of 1992.
Tracy’s Element went on to win a further six races, net another ARCSA award (Champion Older Female Sprinter in 1994), and build a reputation for herself as one of the finest sprinting fillies to race in South Africa. Her other wins included the 1994 Gr1 Star Sprint and the Gr1 Computaform and SA Fillies Sprints in 1995.
At the end of her racing career, Tracy’s Element was returned to Australia as a broodmare. Her finest hour came in the form of her 2005 foal – a full sister to Kylikwong and Red Element. This was the magnificent Typhoon Tracy, who won no fewer than six Australian Group One races, and who was named Horse Of The Year in 2009-2010.
In 2010, Tracy’s Element was named the TBQA’s Broodmare Of The Year. She was retired from stud duties in 2011.
Racing Record (July 1993)