1984 - 2010


Lifetime Race Record: 13-13-0-0, $1,679,880

Bred and raced by Ogden Phipps
Trained by Claude R. (Shug) Mcgaughey

1988 - Eclipse Champion Older Female
1996 - Broodmare of the Yea

Marquee Races Won

Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Frizette Stakes
Rare Perfume Stakes
2x Beldame Stakes
Shuvee Handicap
Hempstead Handicap
Molly Pitcher Handicap
Whitney Handicap
Maskette Stakes

Accomplished Progeny

Miner's Mark

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire

Our Emblem

Multiple Graded Stakes Placed; Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Winner War Emblem

Pennant Champion

Dam of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners

My Flag

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Belmont Stakes Winner; Dam of Champion 2YO & Graded Stakes Winner Storm Flag Flying


Graded Stakes Winner; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Placed as Juvenile; Dam of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners Mr. Speaker & Fire Away

Title Seeker

Dam of Graded Stakes Placed Seeking the Title & Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Title Ready

Two-year-old Personal Ensign won her 7-furlong debut by a dazzling 12 3/4 lengths.  Propelled into Grade 1 company next out, she gamely won the one-mile Frizette.  Plans had been made to ship her to the 1986 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita when she suffered a severe injury to left rear pastern.  Dr. Larry Bramlage performed surgery, inserting five surgical pins, and told the filly’s connections that she “had a chance” to make it.

Personal Ensign recovered completely, and came back at three, after an 11-month layout to win two allowance races and the Rare Perfume in succession, then posted her second Grade 1 win in the Beldame S. against older mares.  At four, she won the Shuvee and the Maskette (over Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors) and dominated the Hempstead H., the Beldame S. and the Molly Pitcher H. Always a sportsman, owner Ogden Phipps decided to let her have a chance against males in the Grade 1 Whitney H.  Personal Ensign rose to the occasion, winning by a determined 1 1/2 lengths.  In one of the most dramatic races ever, Personal Ensign kept her perfect record intact when she overcame adversity and a stellar field to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a nose at the wire.

As a broodmare, the impact of Personal Ensign was immediate.  Her first foal, Miner’s Mark (by Claiborne’s Mr. Prospector), won the Jockey Club Gold Cup. In addition, she produced other G1 SWs Traditionally, winner of the Oaklawn H., and the brilliant filly My Flag.  By the Phipps/Claiborne stallion Easy Goer, My Flag won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as well as the Ashland S. and Gazelle.  She herself is the dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Flag Flying and the granddam of GSW Parading. Personal Ensign is the dam of three other stakes horses:  Salute, Proud and True and Our Emblem.  The latter sired dual Classic winner War Emblem.