Obituaries

‘He Was One Of The Very Special Ones’: Dual Classic Winner War Emblem Dies At Age 21

War Emblem, the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, has died. The dual classic winner, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., since 2015, was found deceased early Wednesday morning. The cause of death is perceived to be a fatal paddock accident, but exact details are unknown. However, […]

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Lane’s End Pensioner Belong to Me Dies At Age 31

Lane’s End Farm’s longtime stallion Belong to Me has died at the age of 31 due to infirmities from old age. The multiple graded stakes-winning son of Danzig stood at Lane’s End for 22 years and shuttled to Australia for seven seasons. The New Jersey-bred sired three champions and 29 graded stakes winners with lifetime […]

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Casino Drive Dies In Japan At Age 14

Casino Drive, a Grade 2 winner and member of one of the Thoroughbred breed’s most successful family trees, died on Aug. 5, 2019, per Japan’s stud book database. He was 14. The son of Mineshaft was out of 2007 Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, making him a half-brother to champion Rags to Riches, […]

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Dilger, Co-Breeder Of Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming, Dies At 61

Gerry Dilger, who co-bred Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and consigned another Derby winner in Nyquist, has died at the age of 61. The owner of Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Ky., was a resident of central Kentucky for four decades, but his roots were based in County Clare, Ireland. He grew up in a part […]

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Preach, Dam Of Prominent Sire Pulpit, Dies At Age 31

Preach, a cornerstone of the Claiborne Farm broodmare program and dam of the highly influential sire Pulpit, has died due to the infirmities of old age at 31 years old, per Claiborne’s social media channels. A homebred for the Claiborne operation, Preach was by another of the farm’s pillars – the mighty Mr. Prospector – […]

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Trainer Davidson Killed In Florida Car Accident, Jockey Fadlovich Injured

A single-car accident and its aftermath in Orange Lake, Fla., early Friday morning has resulted in the death of trainer Coty Lee Davidson and the serious injury of jockey/newly-turned trainer Megan Fadlovich, the Gainesville Sun reports. According to the Sun, witnesses said their car veered off the roadway on Interstate 75 north of Ocala and […]

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Alittlebitearly, Dam Of Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Bayern, Dies After Foaling

Alittlebitearly, dam of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, died at Helen Alexander’s Middlebrook Farm in Lexington, Ky., after producing a healthy filly by champion juvenile and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.   Alittlebitearly was bred by Alexander in partnership with her mother Helen Groves and sister Dorothy Matz. The 18-year-old mare produced five foals to […]

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‘Goodbye To A Friend’: Elite Sprinter X Y Jet Dies Of Apparent Cardiac Event

X Y Jet, a high-level sprinter in the U.S. and Dubai, died of an apparent cardiac event Wednesday morning, per a statement from trainer Jorge Navarro. The 8-year-old Kantharos gelding won 12 of 26 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $3,096,513. A $56,000 yearling out of the 2013 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August […]

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California Trainer Gary Sherlock, Trainer Of Intangaroo, Uncle Lino, Dies At 73

Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock, who would have turned 74 on Jan. 1, passed away at an Arcadia, Calif., care facility on Sunday following a lengthy bout with cancer.  The son of a jockey, William, and racing official, Mary, Sherlock was born at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1946 in San Francisco, and was thus celebrated […]

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