Champion Timber Country, who captured the 1995 G1 Preakness Stakes, died earlier this week at Lex Stud in Japan. He was 24.
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas for the partnership of Graham Beck, Robert and Beverly Lewis, and W.T. Young, Timber Country won four of seven starts as a 2-year-old in 1994. The son of Woodman captured the G1 Champagne and G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile that season on his way to winning the Eclipse Award as champion juvenile male.
The following season Timber Country finished third in the G1 Kentucky Derby to stablemate Thunder Gulch before turning the tables him and winning the Preakness two weeks later. Timber Country missed the Belmont Stakes due to a virus, and was retired later that summer after suffering a tendon injury.
Timber Country was out of the influential blue hen mare Fall Aspen, who also produced G1 winner Northern Aspen; G2 winner Elle Seule (dam of champions Mehthaaf and Elnadim); G1 winner/champion Bianconi; and G2 winner Colorado Dancer, who produced the brilliant champion, Dubai Millennium.
Originally retired to stud at Japan's Shadai Farm in 1996, Timber Country also shuttled to Australia in 2000. The following year, he was leased by Sheikh Mohammed and stood at Emirates Stud in Dubai. He returned to Japan to Lex Stud in 2006. While standing at Lex Stud, Timber Country sired seven-time Group I winner and champion, Admire Don.
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