As 2019 comes to a close, Past the Wire reminisces on our equine friends lost this year.
Died unexpectedly at age 15 in September of 2018 but was not reported until 2019. He was standing at Calumet Farm at the time of his death. Red Rocks was a two time G1 winner including the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Actually passed away in late December 2018 but was not reported until 2019. Royal Anthem passed at age 23 due to complications from lymphangitis in one of his hind legs. He was a three time G1 winner and scored a career high Timeform rating of 135.
Also passed away in December 2018 but was not reported until January 2019. Apple Tree was euthanized at age 29 due to complications from a fractured pedal bone. He was still servicing mares at the time of his death, making him one of the oldest active stallions in Europe. He was a three time G1 winner.
Purchased for just $30 in 2013, Silver Ray lived out the rest of his days at Old Friends. He was euthanized due to chronic orthopedic disease at age 30. He was a G3 Winner.
Stephen Got Even
Passed away in his paddock at Lane’s End at age 23. He resided there upon becoming a pensioner since 2015. Stephen Got Even was most notably the sire of Champion Stevie Wonderboy. Also a G1 Winner himself.
Died at age 29 while at stud. Dixieland Heat achieved great success after relocating to Texas for stud duties in 2006. The most famous of his progeny was Champion and Hall of Famer Xtra Heat. G2 Winner during his racing career.
Died at age 21 due to complications of colic. He was residing Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue since he was retired from racing at age 10. He was deeply loved by his owners and staff at the rescue center. Evening Attire was a G2 Winner and the Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct was named in his honor.
Cappucino Bay passed away at her owner’s farm in Montana at the age of 30. She was pensioned in 2010. Most known for being the dam of the great Medaglia d’Oro.
Was euthanized at age 28 due to complications from chronic arthritis. Bint Marscay was a long time pensioner at Old Friends Farm and one of the most famous mares to ever reside there. During her career she racked up G1 wins including the 1992 Golden Slipper. She was named Australian Champion 2YO Filly the same year.
Was euthanized at age 12 due to severe case of pleuropneumonia. Morning Line had just arrived in New Mexico after being purchased for stud duties. G1 winner during his racing career.
Special Tiara was euthanized after sustaining injury during the Dublin Chase. He was 12 years old. During his long and storied career he won three G1 races.
Was euthanized after breaking down during the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. One of the more talent runners by Richard’s Kid, Kid Cantina was making his stakes debut.
Oriental Express passed away at age 26. Popular racehorse in Hong Kong in the 1990’s that was a multiple G1 winner.
Lisa Danielle was euthanized due to an irreparable injury to her left hind leg at age 25. She ruptured a distal sesamoid ligament while in her paddock. She lived out her days at the famed Patchen Wilkes Farm. Most widely known as being the sire of Succcessful Dan and multiple Champion, two time Horse of the Year, and two time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Wise Dan.
Top broodmare Queenofthefairies died at age 12 while at Tally-Ho Stud. She was a multiple black-type producer.
Suffered a heart attack at age 13. He was standing at Widden Stud at the time of his death. Sebring was a two time G1 Winner including the 2008 Golden Slipper. He was named Australian Champion 2YO Colt the same year.
Battle of Midway
Euthanized after suffering a fractured hind pastern during a work at Santa Anita. Battle of Midway was originally retired in 2017 and proved to be subfertile at stud. He returned to training the following summer before his death during his 5 year old season. Battle of Midway was a G1 winner, most notably winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Euthanized after sustaining a leg injury during the Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan. Brundtland was a G2 winner that Godolphin had high hopes for in 2019 at age 4.
Euthanized after suffering from a leg injury while in retirement at age 15. He was one of the most popular horses at Australia’s Living Legends farm. Sacred Kingdom was a five time G1 winner including two runnings of the Hong Kong Sprint. He was Hong Kong’s Champion Sprinter from 2008-2011 and Horse of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Passed away due to a colic related illness. He was 19 years old and currently standing for a private fee at Highlands Farm in South Africa. Dynasty was a four time G1 winner and South Africa’s 2003 Horse of the Year. He was also Champion 3YO Colt the same year and later went on to be a four time Champion Sire.
Pioneerof the Nile
Passed away unexpectedly at age 13 of a heart attack after covering a mare. He was standing at WinStar Farm for a fee of $110,000 at the time of his death. Pioneerof the Nile was a two time G1 winner and finished second in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. He is most known for siring Triple Crown Winner, Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner, and Horse of the Year American Pharoah. Pioneerof the Nile was also the sire of Champion Classic Empire.
Euthanized due to chronic colic at the age of 20. Danthebluegrassman was a G3 winner and raced up until age 9 before retiring permanently to Old Friends.
Was euthanized after breaking down during the William Reid Stakes. Voodoo Lad was a G1 winner and won or placed in many other stakes races. He was 8 years old at the time of his death.
Euthanized after a neurologic condition caused him to lose his mobility at the age of 22. Redoute’s Choice was Australia’s Champion Sire three times. He stood at Arrowfield Stud since his retirement in 2000. He was a four time G1 winner during his racing career.
Euthanized after breaking down during the San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita. Arms Runner was 5 years old and a stakes winner.
Died due to complications from laminitis while serving broodmare duties in Europe at age 14. During her racing career, Vodka was the highest earning female racehorse until Gentildonna came along a few years later. She won seven G1 races including the 2009 Japan Cup and Japan Derby – the first filly in 64 years to win that race. She won a multitude of awards including Champion 2YO Filly, Champion Older Mare, and Japanese Horse of the Year in 2008 and 2009. She was inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame soon after.
Up For Review
Passed away after breaking his neck during the Grand National. Up For Review was a G2 winner and a popular National Hunt runner. He was 10 at the time of his death.
Euthanized after breaking down during the Madison Stakes at Keeneland. Cathedral Reader was stakes placed and 4 years old at the time of her death.
Died peacefully in his sleep at age 33. At the time of his death, Turgeon was the oldest active stallion in the world. He was a two time G1 winner and Champion Stayer in 1991. He is best known as being a National Hunt sire and was France’s Champion Sire in 2006.
Euthanized due to injuries sustained while racing at Hawthorne Park. Cashel Rock was a popular horse in Illinois at the time of his death and was a multiple stakes winner. He was 6 years old.
Euthanized after sustaining an injury while training. Sciacchetra was a popular horse and multiple G2 winner. He was 5 at the time of his death.
Was euthanized due to complications from colic after just being pensioned from studies at age 22. King’s Best stood at Darley Stud as well as a stint in Japan. He most notably sired 2010 Arc de Triomphe hero Workforce. During his racing career King’s Best won the 2,000 Guineas swiftly defeating Giant’s Causeway. Sir Michael Stoute regards him as the best miler he has ever trained.
Passed away peacefully in her paddock at age 28. During her racing career Hishi Amazon was a three time Champion in Japan and one of the best fillies in the world. She was two G1 races and placed in many more. She earned $7 million on the track.
Euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at 32 years old. Young Hustler was a tremendously popular and successful chaser. He won and placed in many G1 races, racing against perhaps some of the deepest National Hunt fields ever.
Euthanized after sustaining injury during a race at Keeneland. Amandine was 4 years old and a stakes winner as well as G1 placed.
Just the Judge
Euthanized due to complications from colic she sustained post foaling. She was 9 years old at the time of her death. Just the Judge was a two time G1 winner and sold for a record 4,500,000 guineas as a broodmare prospect.
Died during a paddock accident at age 13 while standing at Overbury Stud. Dunaden was a three time G1 winner winning both the 2011 Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase. He raced all over the world.
Died of a heart attack while standing at Haras d’Etreham. He was 19 at the time of his death. Elusive City’s influence was felt all over the world having sired winners in 40 different countries. He was a G1 winner and France’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2002.
Died peacefully at age 31. Boom Towner retired from racing at age 10 having won multiple graded stakes and gained a cult like following in New York.
Was euthanized after sustain a serious injury while racing at Penn National. Circle Unbroken was a G3 winner at 2 before slipping into the claiming ranks for the rest of his career. He was 9 at the time of his death.
Collapsed and died following the Miss Preakness Stakes. She was just 3 years old and a stakes winner as well as graded stakes placed.
Was euthanized due to complications from laminitis at age 20. Zenda was a G1 winner while racing and in turn sired the Champion Kingman as a broodmare.
Euthanized after suffering from a severe bout of coilitis. He was 20 years old. Jump Start was a G2 winner but was most known as a successful stallion. He was named Pennsylvania’s Champion Sire five times and was also the Mid-Atlantic Champion Sire three times.
Died following foaling complications at age 10. Aubby K was a G1 winning sprinter and a successful young broodmare at Summer Wind Farm.
Euthanized following complications due to injury at age 9. Kochees was a popular claimer that bounced around many California owners during his career.
Euthanized due to complications from colic at age 27. Geri was a long time resident of Old Friends and loved his daily mash. He was a G1 winner while racing and a successful stallion in Italy.
Euthanized due to chronic arthritis at age 12. He was a G3 winner that ended his career as a popular claimer. Yankee lived out his final years at Old Friends.
Died peacefully while standing at Barton Thoroughbreds at age 27. While racing Atticus was a G1 winner and held the world record for 8F on the turf. He was a successful stallion in California and was still serving mares at the time of his death.
Was euthanized after breaking her leg during a routine gallop at the Curragh. Lady Kaya was a G3 winner and finished a brilliant second in this year’s 2,000 Guineas behind Hermosa. She was 3 years old.
Died of a heart attack at age 23. He was standing at Jeju Farm in Korea where he has stood since 2006. During his racing career Menifee was a multiple G1 winner and Classic placed. He finished second in both the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He led the Korean stallion rankings nearly ever year, known fondly as “Korea’s Sunday Silence.”
Euthanized after breaking down during the Honey Bee Stakes at Monmouth. Orra Moor was 3 years old and stakes placed.
Was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at 31. Gala Spinaway raced until age 6 winning many stakes races, several of them graded. He was known for being Graham Motion’s first graded stakes winner. After showing no interest in mares, he was gelded and retired to Fair Hills. He was the longtime paddock mate and best friend of Better Talk Now.
My Majestic Rose
Euthanzied after breaking down during a routine work. My Majestic Rose was a hard knocking filly and a G2 winner. She was 3 years old at the time of her death.
Collapsed and died following a race at Churchill Downs. Will Call was 5 years old and a G3 winner.
Passed away due to the infirmities of old age at 29. At the time of his death the has stood at stud in Turkey for 20 years. Sea Hero had many accolades as a three time G1 winner but was most well known for winning the 1993 Kentucky Derby. He has been honored with two bronze statues, one at Saratoga and one at the National Sporting Library. He also has two roads named after him.
Collapsed and died at age 7. During his long racing career Conquest Typhoon was a G2 winner and Canada’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2014. He was injured and severely burnt in the San Luis Rey fires but successfully returned to racing in 2018. He was loved deeply by best friend Mary Ellet.
Beat the Bank
Was euthanized following a severe injury after winning the G2 Summer Mile. Beat the Bank was a five time G2 winner and sadly never won an elusive G1. He was 5 at the time of his death.
Sea of Class
Euthanized following complications from colic at age 4. Sea of Class was also suffering from lymphoma at the time of her death. She was a two time G1 winner and finished a gallant second to Enable in the 2018 Arc de Triomphe.
Passed away at age 18 while standing stud in Canada. Imperalism was a multiple G2 winner at finished third in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
Passed away while enjoying retirement at age 11. Taptowne was a multiple stakes winner that raced all over the country until age 6.
Was euthanized due to complications from a cervical fracture sustained earlier in the year. He was 17 at the time of his death and serving mares at Shadai Stallion Station for one of the most expensive fees in the world. During his storybook racing career, Deep Impact won the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown and the 2006 Japan Cup and Arima Kinen. He was a four time Champion including two Horse of the Year titles. He was the leading money earner at the time of retirement and was inducted into the Hall of Fame the following year. If you know racing, Deep Impact’s record as a stallion needs no introduction.
Euthanized due to deteriorating health at age 14. During her racing career Natagora was a two time G1 winner and the 2007 Cartier Champion 2YO Filly.
Died after his health began to fail earlier in the year at age 18. King Kamehameha stood at Shadai Stallion Station at the time of his death. Syndicated upon retirement for $19 million, he was one of the most expensive horses in Japan. He was second behind only Deep Impact as the leading sire in Japan. He was a two time G1 winner on the track and Japan’s 2004 Champion 3YO Colt.
Passed away following foaling complications in Japan at age 12. At the time of her death Tapitsfly was a successful, young broodmare but experienced some bad luck. Her lone surviving foal is G1 winner Gran Alegria. Tapitsfly herself was a successful filly on the track winning the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Was euthanized following a shoulder injury he sustained after rearing on the track. Espoir d’Allen was only 5 at the time of his death and still was in the dawn of his career. He was the surprise winner of the 2019 Champion Hurdle and jockey Mark Walsh called him the best he had ever ridden.
Euthanized after suffering extensively from colic at age 4. He had underwent two successful colic surgeries before succumbing to a third bout. Roaring Lion was standing at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand at the time of his death after having a successful first season at Tweenhills Farm. During his racing career he won four G1 races and finished off the board only twice. He was Europe’s 2018 Champion 3YO Colt and Cartier Horse of the Year.
Divine Miss Grey
Euthanized due to complications following a career ending injury at age 5. She was recently retired. Divine Miss Grey was a G2 winner and won or placed in many other stakes.
Euthanized following complications after colic surgery at age 16. At the time of his death Niagara Causeway was standing at Buck Pond Farm. He was one of the only registered black stallions in the United States and a G3 winner.
Passed away while at stud in Argentina at age 21. Owned by the famed Phipps Stables, Easing Along showed promise at 2 but unfortunately never panned out. He was Leading Sire in Argentina in 2009.
Euthanized following a long battle with laminitis at age 16. At the time of her death, Peppers Pride was a broodmare at Taylor Made Farm. During her racing career Peppers Pride was a multiple stakes winner and went a perfect 19 for 19. Her 19 wins is the longest unbeaten streak in modern American racing.
Died from kidney failure at age 29. Known as a very businesslike broodmare, Possibly Perfect lived out her life at Ashleigh Farms. She was a five time G1 winner at 1995 Eclipse Champion Turf Mare.
Passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 30. During his racing career Carterista started over 100 times and was a multiple graded stakes winner. He raced until age 10 and loved winning. He was the first horse to arrived at TRF’s Second Chance Farm in Florida 20 years ago and was a fan favorite. The staff there deeply loved him.
Euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at 31. Champagne Glow retired to Brandywine Farm for broodmare duties and has remained there since she was pensioned in 2013. During her career as a broodmare she produced G1 winner Champagne d’Oro and 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice. Champagne Glow herself was a stakes winner and G1 placed.
Was euthanized after a long battle with laminitis after suffering a career ending injury. Magnum Moon struggled with recovery from his injury for nearly a year and a half at the Cornell Ruffian center. During his racing career he was a G1 winner and undefeated except for a troubled run in the Kentucky Derby. He was 4 at the time of his death.
Euthanized after breaking down during the Prix de L’Opera at age 3. Godess was a graded stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed. She is a sister to G1 winners Athena and Bracelet.
Euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at the grand age of 35. Quick Call was a longtime restident of the TRF’s Wallkill Facility. He was a multiple graded stakes winner and raced until he was 8 years old.
Good Night Shirt
Passed away from complications of colic at age 18. Good Night Shirt was an 8 time G1 winner including the American Grand National. He was Maryland’s Horse of the Year in 2008 as well as being the Eclipse Champion Steeplechaser in 2007 and 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Died due to the infirmities of old age at 22. Kutub was known as a world travel and won three G1 races, all in different countries. He raced for Shadwell and was pensioned to his owner’s farm in 2018 after 16 years of stud duty.
Passed away after suffering from a ruptured aorta at age 14. He was at stud at Wyndholm Park in Australia at the time of his death. While racing Rebel Raider was a dual G1 winner including his long shot victory in the Victoria Derby. In that win his jockey Clare Lindop became the first female jockey to win the race.
Pedro the Great
Died while at stud at Haras de La Haie Nueve at age 9. Pedro the Great was a G1 winner while racing and a promising young stallion. G1 winner Fatale Bere was a homebred that came from his first crop.
Euthanized after fracturing his shoulder while falling over a hurdle at age 10. Wicklow Brave was a world traveler having raced in Ireland, England, Australia, and the United States. He was a Classic winner on both the flat and over hurdles.
Passed away due to foaling complications at age 19. Six Perfections was known best for winning the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Mile. She also was a fantastic broodmare, producing graded stakes winners Faufiler, Mount Everest, and Yucatan.
Line of Duty
Euthanized after sustaining an injury during a workout at age 3. Line of Duty won the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and was set to contest this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile before his untimely passing.
Euthanized due to complications following both colic and laminitis at age 6. He had just been retired to stand at Adena Springs for the 2020 season. Delta Prince was a G1 winner while racing but known for his bloodlines as well. He was a half brother to Champion Royal Detla was well as Carnival Court, Crown Queen, and Khozan.
Euthanized after breaking down in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Mongolian Groom was a G1 winner and multiple graded stakes placed at the time of his death. He was loved very much by those involved with Mongolian Stable.
Passed away after recently being pensioned from broodmare duties at age 26. Merlene was known for her racing career, winning two G1’s including the 1996 Golden Slipper. Her win in the Golden Slipper was highly controversial due to the improper and dangerous ride she was given by her jockey Greg Hall. Her only loss came in her debut race.
Passed away due to injuries sustained while racing at age 8. During his career Beer Goggles was a G2 winner and coming into his best year yet. His legacy was clouded by the sad story and death of his trainer Richard Woollacott.
Died of liver disease at age 10. Sacred Falls was a four time G1 winner during his racing career winning at the highest level in both New Zealand and Australia. He racked up nearly $5 million in earnings and was retired to stud in 2015 at Waikato Farm where he was born.
Houblon Des Obeaux
Suffered a heart attack following a race at Sandown at age 12. In the twilight of his racing career, Houblon had won three G1’s and many other graded stakes.
Euthanized after a quick onset of laminitis in both front feet at age 11. Owned by Te Akau during his racing career, he was a G3 winner and described as the fastest horse they ever had. Burgundy was a valuable stallion with his bloodlines, a brother to top New Zealand stallion Darci Brahma out of Redoute’s Choice.
Was euthanized following the development of laminitis at age 2. Amalfi Sunrise showed great promise in her two career starts including a runaway win in the G2 Sorrento Stakes. A severe bout of pneumonia ended her racing career and ultimately contributed to her death.
Passed away due to old age at 26. Known for being one of Germany’s greatest broodmares, Wurftaube was also Champion 3YO Filly in 1996 and a multiple graded stakes winner. Her daughters and granddaughters have produced many stakes winners throughout Europe. She died just a few weeks after her grandson Waldgeist won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Died after severely injuring himself on a treadmill while in Hong Kong at age 4. Extra Brut had recently been sold and had raced just one time. He was preparing to trial the following day. He was a dual G1 winner when he raced in Australia.
Euthanized due to complications from laminitis at age 5. Uncontested sustained and injury while racing recently and developed the disease during recovery. He was a G3 stakes winner.
Died following a heart attack at age 17. Notnowcato was standing at Knockhouse Stud at the time of his death. He was a three time G1 winner during his racing career.
Passed away at age 22 while at Banstead Manor Stud where he stood since 2002. He was a very useful stallion including his son Twice Over who earned over $4 million. Observatory was pensioned from stud duties in 2013. During his racing career he won two G1’s and was named Champion Miler in 2000. He was a Timeform rating of 131 at ages 3 and 4.
Land of Plenty
Euthanized due to complications sustained following an injury a month prior at age 6. Land of Plenty was a G1 winner and multiple G1 placed throughout his long career.
Passed away at age 21. Sabiango was not a great stallion but was known as a great racehorse. He was a multiple G1 winner that raced and won in several countries including his native Germany and the United States.
Euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at 23. He was recently pensioned but was still living out his days at Mighty Acres. As a stallion, Kipling produced Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville. He was not a successful racehorse but impressed in the breeding shed with his fantastic bloodlines.
Euthanized at age 26 due to the infirmities of old age. The only non-thoroughbred on this list, Corona Cartel is known as one of if not the greatest quarter horse stallion of all time. He was a G1 winner during his racing career and sired many others.
Euthanized following complications due to a paddock accident a month prior at age 14. Known as a very fast horse, Tavistock was a multiple G1 winner that raced in both New Zealand and Australia. He was New Zealand’s Champion Sprinter in both 2009 and 2010. He was one of the most expensive stallions in New Zealand at the time of his death and a Classic producer.
Euthanized after breaking down during the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds. Ballard High was a stakes placed horse and was 4 at the time of his death.
Passed away due to the infirmities of old age at 28. Lakeway lived out her days at Manchester Farm after being pensioned in 2013. During her racing career she was a four time G1 winner.
Died while serving broodmare duties at age 18. Maryfield was the inaugural winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint as well as another G1 race. She was named Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter in 2007 and was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame.
Was murdered while at stud in Peru with fellow stallions Cyrus Alexander, Timely Advice, and Kung Fu Mambo. The half brother to Triple Crown winner Justify was unfortunately killed for his meat during his first year at stud. He was a G3 winner and multiple graded stakes placed while racing. He was 6 years old.
Was murdered while at Stud in Peru with fellow stallions The Lieutenant, Timely Advice, and Kung Fu Mambo. Cyrus exclusively stood at Haras Barlovento after retiring to stud in 2017. A G3 winner while racing, he was known for being the half brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. He was 7 years old.
Was murdered while at stud in Peru with fellow stallions The Lieutenant, Cyrus Alexander, and Kung Fu Mambo. Timely Advice was only graded stakes placed but was a stallion for his successful bloodlines. He died at age 14.
Kung Fu Mambo
Was murdered while at stud in Peru with fellow stallions The Lieutenant, Cyrus Alexander, and Timely Advice. Kung Fu Mambo was a successful racehorse in both Peru and the United States. He was a G1 winner and retired to Haras Barlovento in 2016. He was 10 years old.
Passed away at Old Friends on Christmas Day at age 20. Geronimo raced in both Chile and the United States where he was a graded stakes winner. He was remembered fondly for his kind spirit.
Passed away at age 23. A long time resident of Old Friends, he lived out his life there following a failed stud career. Shadow Caster was a G2 winner.