Gone in 2012, But Not Forgotten

December 31, 2012 04:08pm
In Memorium
As we say good-bye to 2012, it is time to take a few minutes to say our final farewells to those we lost this year. Unlike with our retired friends, these good-byes hurt more and are lasting. Some of our beloved equine friends died of old age after having lived a full, happy life; some passed due to illness; and others left us doing what they loved best, racing. Whether old or young, they each left a lasting impression on their fans. Without further ado, here are those we loved and lost:
Aptitude (Age 15)—Dual Grade 1 winner; placed 2nd in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes
Artax (Age 17)—Three time Grade 1 winner; won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; named the 1999 Champion Male Sprinter
Awad (Age 22)—Four time Grade 1 winner
Benburb (Age 23)—1992 Canadian Horse of the Year
Blumin Affair (Age 21)—Grade 3 winner; placed 3rd in the 1994 Kentucky Derby
Cardmania (Age 26)—Grade 1 winner; won the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; placed third in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; won the 1993 Eclipse Award for Champion Male Sprinter
Chief Bearhart (Age 19)—Three time Grade 1 winner; won the 1997 running of the Breeders’ Cup Turf; named the 1997 Champion Turf Male; 1997 and 1998 Canadian Horse of the Year
Degenerate Gal (Age 27)—Grade 2 winner; won the 1991 running of the G2 Apple Blossom Handicap in which she soundly defeated two time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and Champion Older Female Bayakoa
Deputed Testamony (Age 32)—Dual Grade 1 winner; won the 1983 Preakness Stakes
Dynaformer (Age 27)—Grade 2 winner; Leading sire of 26 Grade 1 winners and 18 millionaires; probably best known as the sire of the ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner,  Barbaro
Eltish (Age 20)—Group 2 winner; finished 2nd in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Evansville Slew (Age 20)—Grade 2 winner
Five Sixteen (Age 3)—Stakes placed
Fortunate Prospect (Age 31)—Grade 3 winner; best known as the broodmare sire of Ron the Greek and Mission Approved
Fox Hunt (Age 5)—Group 3 winner
Giant Ryan (Age 6)—Grade 1 winner
Grand Slam (Age 17)—Dual Grade 1 winner; finished 2nd in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Hollywood Wildcat (Age 22)—Three time Grade 1 winner; winner of the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Distaff; named 1993 Champion 3-YO Filly
Houston (Age 26)—Grade 2 winner
Key Contender (Age 24)—Grade 1 winner
Lit de Justice (Age 22)—Grade 1 winner; won the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; placed 3rd in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; named 1996 Champion Male Sprinter
Lord Avie (Age 34)—Three time Grade 1 winner; named 1980 Champion 2-YO Colt
Love of Money (Age 11)—Grade 2 winner
Madcap Escapade (Age 11)—Grade 1 winner
Mambo Meister (Age 7)—Multiple Grade 3 winner
Maram (Age 6)—Grade 3 winner; won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Millennuim Wind (Age 14)—Grade 1 winner
Millionreasonswhy (Age 3)—Grade 2 winner; did not place off the board in all 6 career starts
Montjeu (Age 16)—Six time Group 1 winner; named 1999 European Champion 3-Year Old Colt; best known as the sire of Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey
Peaks and Valleys (Age 20)—Dual Grade 1 winner; named 1995 Canadian Horse of the Year
Pulpit (Age 18)—Grade 2 winner; sire of numerous Grade 1 winners including 2007 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Corinthian, 2010 Kentucky Derby runner up Ice Box, and 2012 FrontRunner Stakes winner Power Broker
Riveting Reason (Age 4)—Multiple graded stakes placed
Royal Academy (Age 25)—Grade 1 winner; won the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile; sire of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val Royal
Sand Cove (Age 7)—Grade 3 winner; 2012 Canadian Champion Older Horse
Sherriff's Deputy (Age 18)—dam of 2 time Horse of the Year Curlin
Sightseeing (Age 8)—Grade 2 winner; sire of undefeated Grade 1 winner So Many Ways
Skip Trial (Age 30)—Three time Grade 1 winner; sire of 1998 Horse of the Year (1996 Champion 3-YO Colt and 1997 and 1998 Champion Older Horse) Skip Away
Spurious Precision (Age 2)—Grade 2 winner; undefeated in 2 career starts
Theatrical (Age 30)—6 time Grade 1 winner; 2nd in the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Turf; winner of the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Turf; named Ireland’s 1987 Champion Older Horse and the U.S. 1987 Champion Turf Male
Thiskyhasnolimit (Age 5)—Grade 3 winner
Tweebster (Age 5)—Graded stakes placed
Uptown Bertie (Age 3)—Grade 3 winner
Yawanna Twist (Age 5)—Grade 2 winner
Z Fortune (Age 7)—Grade 3 winner
We bid you farewell. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten by those that loved and lost you.


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Word is from the necropsy Pulpit died from a blood clot but his body was ravaged with cancer and would have died anyway. So sad. Do these farms not do routine checks for cancer and other stuff?
RIP my friends, thanks for all the great thrills you all provided during your racing careers. :’(
I will never forget Artax, he was the horse that the drunk that wandered out of the Preakness crowd took a swing at as they ran down the stretch. Strangest thing I ever saw at a racetrack.
Poor Mr. Cho, losing two nice horses... :(
R.I.P to everyone here. I'll forever miss Dynaformer, Giant Ryan, Millionreasonswhy, Pulpit, Chief Bearhart and Lit de Justice.
Shores, Riveting Reason died due to an internal injury during a workout.
Bless them and solace to their loved ones.
So sad of these passings. Bless an dsolice to tGive
Too many this year... as every year. :( But lovely tribute. Don't forget Premier Pegasus, a son of FuPeg who I believe had a great shot at the Derby had he not been injured.
Actually, I believe he won the Illinois Derby the week after the Ky Derby. Funny how the memory goes.
Nice memories of Peaks and Valleys. Won the Cradle Stakes as a 2-year-old, and I decided to play a future book bet on him. Didn't run in the Derby, but had won the Illinois Derby the week before the Ky Derby in record-setting fashion. Bet him in the BC Classic against Cigar, but the track came up sloppy. He had never run on an off-track. Rolled the dice, and he spun his wheels. Nevertheless, to root on a horse that no one else knew of, was a thrill for me. Thanks for being a horse racing highlight in my life!!
It was Lord Avie that did it for me. It's all the really old ones. There's something about an old horse.... by the way, what happened to Riveting Reason? I didn't know he was dead...
Great words, gelded1.
RIP to all of these 4- legged warriors who contributed to the horse racing industry so that we all enjoy so much .
Thank you for reminding of us of these dear departed ones.
Awad and Lit de Justice are 2 of my all time favorites.
P.S., Good job, Ashley.
Theatrical @ age 30. One of my turf course faves. Great champion & sire of numerous grass progeny. RIP
Theatrical @ age 30. One of my faves. RIP
Hippolytus, 2011 Queen'splate runner-up, age 4. 2012 Albany Stakes(Ascot) winner Newfangled, age 2.

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