Heart Attack Claims Canadian Horse Of The Year Champs Elysees

by | 12.20.2018 | 3:39pm
Champs Elysees

Champs Elysees, Canada's 2009 Horse of the Year, recently died of a heart attack at Castlehyde Stud in County Cork, Ireland, Racing Post reports.

The 15-year-old son of Danehill raced as a British-born homebred for Juddmonte Farms, out of the blue hen mare Hasili, first competing in Europe before moving on to greater success in North America. His time in Europe was highlighted by a win in the French Group 3 Prix d'Hedouville at Longchamp.

Champs Elysees was moved to the North American barn of trainer Bobby Frankel in the middle of his 4-year-old campaign. The following season saw him take the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes, as well as the G2 San Marcos Stakes, and he started in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

He clinched Canada's Horse of the Year honors the following year on a campaign highlighted by a win in the G1 Canadian International Stakes. Champs Elysees retired with six wins in 28 starts for earnings of $2,829,378.

Champs Elysees began his stallion career at Banstead Manor Stud in England, and he was purchased by the Coolmore partnership and moved to Ireland prior to the 2017 breeding season. His 22 stakes winners include English 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook, Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip to Paris, and multiple G3 winner Elysea's World.

According to Racing Post, Champs Elysees covered 248 mares in 2017 and 228 during the most recent breeding season.

Read more at Racing Post.

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