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Florida Owner-Breeder Harry Mangurian Dies Aged 81
Prominent Florida owner-breeder Harry Mangurian died in Fort Lauderdale "after battling leukemia" aged 81, reported bloodhorse.com. Mangurian (who started in racing in the 1960s) "was the breeder and/or owner of about 150 stakes-winners" including Desert Vixen (1973 champion 3YO filly & 1974 champion older female, later inducted into the US Racing Hall-Of-Fame) & her graded-winning full-brother Valid Appeal (who went on to become one of Florida's greatest stallions while standing at Mangurian's Mockingbird Farm). In 1970 Mangurian bought Tartan Farms & renamed it Mockingbird; in 2001 Mangurian on-sold the farm (which came to encompass 1,100 acres) to Eugene Melnyk, who renamed it Winding Oaks Farm. Mangurian was represented as breeder by starters in a dozen Gr1 Breeders' Cup races, including Gilded Time (who won the 1992 Gr1 Juvenile & was voted that season's champion 2YO male). Mangurian was also the breeder and/or owner of other prominent horses including End Sweep, Captive Miss, Appealing Skier, Miss Iron Smoke, Exciting Story, Little Sister, Nany's Sweep, Successful Appeal, Swept Overboard, Trippi, Valid Expectations & Valid Wager.