Sire Indian Charlie dead at age 16

by | 12.15.2011 | 9:46am

Indian Charlie, a Grade 1 winning racehorse and sire of 65 stakes winners, has been euthanized at the age of 16, Airdrie Stud has confirmed. The son of In Excess–Soviet Sojourn, by Leo Castelli, had been battling cancer, according to the farm.

Below is the press release issued by Airdrie Stud Thursday afternoon.


Bred by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, raced by Earnhardt & John R. Gaines Racing LLC, and conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Indian Charlie won his first four starts including the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby (G1) in a stakes-record time of 1:47. He posted a 111 Beyer over Real Quiet and Artax in the race, and cemented his position as the favorite for the 1998 Kentucky Derby.

Retired to stud in 1999, Indian Charlie has perennially been among the nation's leading sires. He is best known as a sire of champions with four Eclipse winners to date, and has distinguished himself as a stallion of the absolute highest class. His son Uncle Mo brilliantly won the 2010 Breeder's Cup Juvenile – G1 ($2,000,000). His top fillies include Champions Indian Blessing ($2,995,420) and Fleet Indian ($1,704,513), Canadian Champion Indian Apple Is, as well as G1-Stakes Winner Pampered Princess and G2-Stakes Winner Two Trail Sioux to name only a few.

Indian Charlie's recent progeny record includes 15 stakes winners of 2011 – seven graded, as well as a 2011 yearling crop that has averaged over $200,000 in the sales ring. With at least 10 sons at stud, Indian Charlie's legacy is sure to continue in the breeding shed.

Losing Indian Charlie after a challenging battle with Hemangiosarcoma and its complications has been a shock to us all. He was dearly loved by everyone that cared for him on a daily basis.  “Charlie” has been a shining star at Airdrie for many years now. His personality, toughness, and utter determination remained with him throughout treatment. He won many hearts at Hagyard's, and received an endless supply of much deserved carrots and peppermints while there. Our thanks go out to everyone involved with this fine stallion, and to our shareholders and breeders who faithfully supported Indian Charlie over the years. We would sincerely like to thank Dr. Nathan Slovis and his team at McGee Medical Center for their unrelenting efforts to try and save our stallion.

  • Betsy Bxter

    RIP Indian Charlie…he will be missed.

  • Dylan Thomas fan

    Cancer sucks – whether equine, feline, canine, or human.  Just a terrible disease.

  • Jahura2

    This sucks. He had a lot more left to offer. RIP Big Horse.

  • Marty

    Too young to die. Rest in Peace you beautiful boy.

  • Ida

    Oh No!! 16 is too young!! RIP Sweetheart.  But most of all thank you so much for giving us so many of our favorites. I adore Indian Blessing and Uncle Moe. I know Proud Spell was one of your girlfriends and she had a beautiful filly last year.  I can’t wait to see your baby girl race.

  • Gggg

    So sad. Nice horse. We will miss you.

  • tabasco dog

    charlie was a monster

  • Exactagirl

    How sad that he died so young. He was an awesome sire. RIP Indian Charlie!

  • guest

    RIP Indian Charlie – I hope you went up to that green green pasture

  • OopsyDaisy3

    To add Nyquist to the list of Indian Charlies’ grand progeny by Uncle Mo serves the great Indian Charlie well. To read about Indian Charlie’s demeanor at Airdrie included such positives as his personality, toughness and utter determination sort of fits and suits Nyquist to a T. RIP Indian Charlie your honor and name lives on. Linda in Texas, 5/7/2016, Kentucky Derby Day.

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