Desert Sun, broodmare sire of Black Caviar, dies at 24
Desert Sun, broodmare sire of Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar, and sire of New Zealand Horse of the Year, Sunline, has died at Eliza Park in Victoria, Australia. The pensioned son of Green Desert was 24.
Bred by Charlton Down Stud in England, Desert Sun began his racing career in his home country before being transferred to Bobby Frankel in California. Under Frankel’s tutelage, Desert Sun ran second in the 1993 Golden Gate Fields Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap and third in the Bel Air Handicap (gr. II)
The New Zealand-bred Sunline was a four-time Horse of the Year in her homeland, and a three-time Horse of the Year in Australia. The talented mare won 13 group I races.
Australian-bred Black Caviar extended her unbeaten record to 22 with her heart-stopping victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) June 23.