Miss Admiral Todd

Standardbred
Hall of Fame Inductee, 1983

Miss Admiral Todd, a 1944 foal by Julienne Todd out of Miss Admiral Lee, was bred by Margaret Sheppard of Coldwater, Ont., and was unraced. She was owned by Earl Rowe, the famed horseman from Newton Robinson, Ont., and Lt.-Governor of Ontario. Each year since the OSS program began, Miss Admiral Todd has contributed at least one direct descendant to the winner’s circle. Her stakes winners include Bert Riddell, Riddell Todd and Cindy Riddell, a stakes producing mare, and stakes placed Todd Riddell.

Her crowning achievement came in 1982 when Bobbo, who was out of one of her granddaughters, Flemingtons Jane, won the Maple Leaf Trot at Greenwood. Bobbo developed quite a fan following the next two years as he was runner-up to Bridger in a heat of the 1983 edition and in a heat and final in 1984. He was named the USTA’s aged trotting horse of 1982.

Miss Admiral Todd’s name is in the pedigree of more than twenty Canadian stakes winners. All of those trotters but two are related through the maternal family of Miss Admiral Todd. Of her 17 foals, the first 16 were by one of the premier stallions in the province, Van Riddell. Miss Admiral Todd’s most productive daughter was Betty Riddell, who produced stakes winners Bettys Duke, Simcoe Duke, Flemingtons Betty and Flemgingtons Jane, dam of Bobbo. Another daughter, Wendys Joker, is the dam of three $100,000 winners- Armbro Trick, Glorious Andy and Frisky Mitchelle. When Miss Admiral Todd was inducted it was noted at that time that no other broodmare, either trotter or pacer, had made such a lasting contribution to the breeding industry.