Grade 1 winner Variety Road dies
Multiple Grade 1 winner Variety Road, a hard-knocking runner who competed against the likes of Ferdinand, Broad Brush, and Snow Chief, was euthanized Jan. 14 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 30.
Bred and owned by Kjell Qvale, Variety Road competed regularly against the top runners in California, notching victories in the 1986 G1 San Felipe Stakes and the 1987 G1 San Fernando, where he caught Broad Brush at the wire for the victory. Variety Road made a total of 59 career starts, winning 17 times and earning $964,540.
For the past several years, Variety Road was cared for by Roger and Shirley Hansen for owner Qvale at their farm in Idaho.