Oldest living Preakness winner dies at 32

Deputed Testamony
Deputed Testamony

Preakness winner Deputed Testamony has died in Maryland at the age of 32. He was the oldest living winner of a US Triple Crown race.

Deputed Testamony – whose name was meant to be Disputed Testamony but his papers were mis-spelt – died on Tuesday at  Bonita Farm in Darlington, Maryland.

He was the last Maryland bred horse to win the Preakness, which he took out in 1983. And opon the death of Danzig Connection in 2010, he was the last living thoroughbred to win a Triple Crown race during the decade of the 1980s.

Deputed Testamony was a total Bonita Farm product, being by Bonita Farm’s resident stallion Traffic Cop, and out of Proof Requested (by Prove It), also a permanent resident at the farm.

He was co-owned and bred by the late William Boniface and his son, J. William Boniface, and Francis Sears, of Boston, who owned the colt’s dam.

In all, he won nine races and $626,154 from 18 starts, beating the likes of Sunny’s Halo, Play Fellow, Caveat, and Slew O’Gold, in his career.

In addition to the $250,000 Preakness and $200,000 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth, “DT” won the Play Palace Stakes and set a track record at the Meadowlands, the Fedrico Tesio at Pimlico, the Keystone Stakes, and the Governor’s Cup at Bowie.

In an article in Sports Illustrated after the Preakness, DT’s trainer, breeder and owner  J William Boniface said that Deputed Testamony never raced on any kind of medication during his career. He had a “hay, oats, and water” regimen, which contrasted with several out-of-state horses, whose trainers sued to be allowed to race their horses on Lasix, which was banned in Maryland at the time.

At four he started twice for two wins, including the City of Baltimore Handicap, in a record time which still stands.

He retired to stud at Bonita Farm after sustaining an injury in the City of Baltimore Handicap, and stood at stud for 19 seasons before being retired.

He is the sire of more than two dozen $100,000-plus earners, more than 20 stakes horses, and has progeny earnings in the double-digit millions. Deputed Testamony is also the sire of Ten Maryland Million Day Winners.

Deputed Testamony winning the Preakness in 1983.
Deputed Testamony winning the Preakness in 1983.



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