In memoriam 2017

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Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:38 am

Stormin Fever Euthanized at 23
Graded stakes winner and champion-producing sire Stormin Fever was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age June 22.

The 23-year-old son of Storm Cat—Pennant Fever, by Seattle Slew, was pensioned following the 2016 breeding season and has been under the care of a former employee of the Mabee family's Golden Eagle Farm, where he stood from 2008-14. Stormin Fever stood for two seasons at Rancho Temescal, north of Los Angeles, and then was returned to Ramona, Calif., when he was pensioned. ... ized-at-23
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Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:38 pm

Benchmark has been euthanized due to the infirmities of old age. He was 26. ... dead-at-26

There can't be many Alydars left...
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Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:26 am

Hope I misread but Ramon Dominguez is reporting that Better Talk Now has passed on. Sounds like the issues with his colic were too much.
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Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:29 am

Alas, you read right. ... ons-colic/

Good night sweet prince. You were much loved, by many, many people.
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Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:06 pm

Absolutely beautiful remembrance of Better Talk Now by Maggie Kimmitt. Deepest condolences to everyone at Fair Hill, but also an enormous thank you to Graham Motion and his family and staff for giving Blackie not only the best of training, but also the kind of retirement we wish for all horses, everywhere.
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Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:25 pm

Sad news out of Ballydoyle, as G2 winner Somehow has been euthanized, plus star filly Minding is still not ready to return to training.
Somehow, winner of the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in May and also successful at Group 2 and Listed level, has been put down after suffering an inoperable fracture of a hind tibia while working on the Ballydoyle gallops.
On what proved her final start, the daughter of Fastnet Rock and Alexandrova finished second to Decorated Knight in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.

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Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:48 pm

Jay Privman‏ @DRFPrivman 26m 26 minutes ago

Sad to learn of the passing of Tinners Way at @Oldfriendsfarm. Links to two all-time greats: son of Secretariat, trained by Bobby Frankel
Jay Privman‏ @DRFPrivman 24m 24 minutes ago

Among his many accomplishments, Tinners Way was 2x winner of Pacific Classic, beating Best Pal, Concern, Bertrando. He was 27. RIP
Old Friends‏ Verified account @Oldfriendsfarm 22m 22 minutes ago

1990-2017 Heartbroken to say goodbye to TINNERS WAY Beloved by fans everywhere. Photo @battles_laura
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:09 pm

:( RIP, Tinners Way. I have a postcard of him from Old Friends on my refrigerator although we weren't able to see him.
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Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:31 pm

Bonapaw from EPM.
I wanna do bad things with you.
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Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:40 pm

Psychotic Parakeet wrote:Bonapaw from EPM.
Extra sad to lose another another one so soon. ... Skx-X7LjLI
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:57 pm

Lusory, 4yo colt (Shamadral - Playful Act, by Sadler's Wells) died sometime in 2017 according to his Racingpost page.
He was the last foal out of Champion, G1SW Playful Act, who sold for a then World Record broodmare price of $10.5 million in 2007.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:57 pm

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Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:13 pm

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Terrible news to pass on as @LanesEndFarms announces that City Zip has been euthanized at age 19 due to chronic foot problems.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:18 pm

That's a big loss, as City Zip was one of those slightly under-the-radar stallions who could sire top runners for every surface and any distance. :(
Is there a really good son of his at stud who will carry his line on?
ETA: I looked up his Stallion Register page and so many of his best runners have been mares or geldings. One nice colt still racing is Collected...and I suspect that his value just went up.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:29 pm

Sad to hear about City Zip. We always take note when one of his babies show up in races here. Off the top of my head, I suppose maybe Palace or Run Away and Hide or a sire like Majestic City can step up and carry on his sire line. They'll have to do it the hard way though, just like papa did.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:03 pm

City Zip gave us some great racing memories in the summer of 2000 going on a nice run in NY.
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Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:58 pm

There's a 2017 death report filed with the Jockey Club for Pike Place Dancer, winner of the 1996 Kentucky Oaks. I haven't seen any articles about it, though.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:10 am

Was watching the Saratoga main track on NYRA's Roku channel when 2yo Howard Beach went down in the stretch while breezing. He was euthanized on the track and I'm wondering too about the rider's condition. He was obscured by the railing but I'm pretty sure left in an ambulance.
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:28 pm

Breeder, Actor, Playwright Sam Shepard Dead at 73
Sam Shepard, a playwright, actor, musician, director, screenwriter, and author who also bred Thoroughbreds, died July 27 at his Totier Creek Farm near Midway, Ky., of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was 73.

Shepard grew up around horses in Southern California, working at various farms in the area and serving as a hotwalker at Santa Anita Park. He gave up the horses after stints of rodeoing, team-roping, and bareback riding, for a typewriter. His play "Buried Child" won him a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979. He wrote a dozen of produced plays and was nominated for two Tony Awards and 11 Obie Awards. As an actor, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "The Right Stuff."

Shepard was also a musican of note, co-writing "Brownsville Girl" with Bob Dylan and playing with the 1960s band Holy Modal Rounders, with whom he continued to perform for decades.

He bought his first Thoroughbred in 1987, a half-sister to Carol's Christmas named River Chant. Shepard bred Nile Chant out of River Chant, and Nile Chant went on to produce the Shepard-bred stakes winner Ornate.

Under his Totier Creek banner, Shepard bred multiple stakes winner Two Trail Sioux, who took the 2005 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) and that year’s Bayakoa Stakes; and China, who won the Bonapaw Stakes. ... dead-at-73
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:56 am

California breeders took another hit today, as f*@&ing laminitis has claimed one of its most dependable stallions.
California Sire Decarchy Euthanized
Steadily producing California sire Decarchy was euthanized late last week due to complications from laminitis.
The 20-year-old son of Distant View hailed from one of Thoroughbred industry's most successful mares—Toussaud, who was also the dam of elite runners and producers Empire Maker, Chester House, Chiselling, and Honest Lady.
"He was a blue-collar horse, but with his runners, you always got a check," said Tom Hudson with Magali Farms, where Decarchy stood his entire stallion career.

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