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Leading Sire Anabaa Dies From Colic Complications
Former Widden Stud shuttler and champion sire Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) died yesterday after suffering from colic & subsequent acute peritonitis following surgery. Anabaa, whose northern hemisphere base from 1997 was the Head family's Haras du Quesnay in Deauville, France, has sired 60 stakes-winners and 115 stakes-performers in his career with progeny earnings of $40 million worldwide. In 2008 alone, he was represented by 18 stakes-horses on 3 continents and in 7 countries including the dual French and US Gr1-winner Goldikova. In 2007 he stood for US$40,000 at Castleton Lyons in Kentucky, before heading down-under to stand the 2007 southern hemisphere season at Widden Stud for $A55,000. His Australian-bred Gr1 winners include Headturner, Virage de Fortune, Yell and Teranaba. On the race track Anabaa was a dual Gr1-winner and champion sprinter in Europe.