US Loses Some Big Names
Lucky Pulpit, sire of champion US Horse of the Year California Chrome, died on Monday at the age of 16.
The son of Pulpit suffered a heart attack while covering a mare at Harris Farms in California.
From seven crops of racing age Lucky Pulpit has sired 148 winners, with his sole G1 winner being the seven-time G1 winner California Chrome.
His other notable progeny include the dual stakes winner and G1 placed Rousing Sermon, multiple stakes winner Luckarack and stakes winner You're Late.
"He was the picture of health," said Dave McGlothlin, manager at Harris Farms.
"He had a perfectly normal day. He and the teaser were talking smack to one another like they always did. We're all stunned."
• CHAMPION mare Royal Delta, a three-time Eclipse Award winner, has died at age of nine after suffering complications while foaling a filly by Galileo at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
The filly is reported to be doing well.
Retired in November of 2013, Royal Delta was sent to Ireland to be bred to Galileo during the 2014 breeding season but did not get in foal.
Another attempt was made the following year, again to Galileo, and she aborted the foal. The same mating in 2016 resulted in the surviving bay filly.
Bred in Kentucky by Empire Maker for the late Prince Saud bin Khaled, Royal Delta won her maiden on debut by 12 lengths as a 2YO in 2010 and went on to become an Eclipse Award winner at ages 3, 4, and 5, winning 12 of 22 starts including six G1 contests.
Her G1 wins for trainer Bill Mott included two Breeders Cup Ladies Classics, the Alabama Stakes, Personal Ensign and Delaware Handicaps.
Royal Delta made headlines days after her first Breeders' Cup triumph when she was sold at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale as part of the late Saud bin Khaled's Palides Investments dispersal. She was sold for $8.5 million, the third highest price ever for a racemare or broodmare prospect at the November sale.
She retired with $4,811,126 in earnings.
Royal Delta was out of the stakes-winning A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess, who was euthanized due to a degenerative stifle condition in 2014.
Her half-sister is the G1 winner Crown Queen, who is currently at Coolmore Ireland to be bred to Galileo this year.
• OUTSTANDING mare Islington has continued a remarkable sequence of producing 11 fillies from her first 11 foals after delivering her her latest offspring by Oasis Dream arrived at Ballymacoll Stud in Irealand.
The bay filly foal is a sister to the winning pair Canonbury and Angel Vision, and joins the likes of Star Rating, Bohemian Dance, Upper Street, Edith Wharton and Floria Tosca as daughters of Islington, a four time G1 winner for Sir Michael Stoute.
Balymacoll Stud has been on the market for 12 months but the celebrated nursery has yet to find a buyer.
"There's negotiations ongoing but as yet there's nothing definite, though we've had great interest," said Ballymacoll manager Peter Reynolds.
"We're still trying to sell the company and all the bloodstock; that would suit me and the staff, as well as the executors.
“If that doesn't happen we'll have to go down the public auction route."
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