Old age catches up with Prized, 28

Prized (1986-2014)
Prized (1986-2014) © equisportphotos.com

Popular thoroughbred stallion Prized has died at the age of 28 at Old Friends, a Kentucky-based facility for retired racehorses. 

Prized, who served as a shuttle stallion between the US and New Zealand, where he stood at Fayette Park in Matamata, was euthanized this week as a result of deteriorating mobility.

He had been under the care of Dr Bryan Waldridge. But when his prospects for quality of life became severely compromised, Dr Waldridge, along with Old Friends president Michael Blowen, concluded that euthanasia was in the horse’s best interest.

Prized, who died this week at the age of 28. © equisportphotos.com

The 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, the first horse to win the race at his first start on grass, Prized was retired to Old Friends, a Kentucky-based facility for retired thoroughbreds, in 2011.

“We brought Prized up every afternoon from his paddock for a cool  shower, extra carrots and the adulation of his fans,” said Michael Blowen of Old Friends.

“He loved it. It’s always very, very sad when we lose a retiree, especially one as accomplished and adored as Prized.”

Bred by Meadowbrook Farm in Ocala, Florida, by Kris S. out of My Turbulent Miss (My Dad George), Prized was raced by Meadowbrook and Clover Racing Stable and trained by Neil Drysdale and ridden by Eddie Delaboussaye. At three  Prized won the Bradbury Stakes at Santa Anita, then prevailed over 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence in the Swaps Stakes (GII).

That September he secured an entry in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI). His triumph in a head-to-head duel with Sierra Roberta made Prized the first horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the his first start on the grass, as well as the first horse in racing history to win two million-dollar races on two surfaces in a single season.

Prized retired from racing in 1991 with a lifetime 17 starts, 9 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds and $2,262,555.

Prized sired 37 stakes winners including dual Group One winners Prized Gem and Prized Lady, Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas winner Sale of the Century, and multiple stakes winner Brass Hat.

As a broodmare sire Prized has produced 39 stakes winners, including this year’s Gr.1 Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, Gr.1 Australian Derby winner Nom du Jeu, and Paddy O’Prado.


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