Noble's Promise, a Grade 1 winner and young sire, was euthanized Monday due to complications from kidney failure. He was 11.
The son of Cuvee resided at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Ind., where he'd stood since retiring to stud for the 2013 breeding season.
“We just found out on Friday and they made the decision to put him down yesterday,” said Tara Jordan of Breakway Farm. “He had the coolest personality. He was always picking on you, wanting attention. I called him 'the spoiled rich kid' because he was always in your pocket, like, 'I need all the attention. I need all the mares.'”
Bred in Kentucky by Charles and Ben Kidder and Nancy Cole, Noble's Promise spent his entire career in the barn of trainer Kenny McPeek. He's best known for his time running for owner Chasing Dreams Racing.
Noble's Promise established himself as an early leader among his crop with a juvenile campaign that included wins in the G1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. He also finished second in that year's G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park and third in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park.
He was campaigned ambitiously as a 3-year-old, running fifth to Super Saver in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, then going to Royal Ascot, where he again finished fifth in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes. The colt returned from a summer layoff to win the listed Jimmy V. “Don't Give Up…Don't Ever Give Up!” Stakes at Keeneland.
Future campaigns saw Noble's Promise shift down the class ladder to primarily compete in non-graded stakes and allowances, but not before winning the G3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs and hitting the board in two other graded stakes. He ran his final season for J C M Racing after changing hands for $125,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale.
Noble's Promise finished his on-track career with six wins in 27 starts for earnings of $1,193,376.
The horse retired to Breakway Farm at age six, and he has sired 13 winners from three crops of racing age. His runners are led by stakes winner Reverend John and stakes-placed Blue Hen Hockey and Entrusted.
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