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Gr1-Winning UK Sire Mister Baileys Dies At 18
Also in the UK, Gr1-winning 18-year-old stallion Mister Baileys (Robellino-Thimblerigger, by Sharpen Up) "has died after suffering from the long-term effects of grass sickness," reported racingpost.com. Mister Baileys (the fastest-ever winner of the Gr1 English 2000 Guineas in 1min 35.08sec) originally retired to the UK National Stud, but "sadly Mister Baileys was struck down by grass sickness before his stud career began & although he made a recovery, it was not until 1996 that he was able to stand at stud when shipped to Vinery Stud in America in October 1995". Mister Baileys returned to England in 2000 & was sent to stand at Whitsbury Stud; "despite not enjoying full fertility, he continued to cover mares until 2003, when he was pronounced infertile & retired to Petches Stud in Essex. It was found the horse "was still suffering long term effects of grass sickness: he only had 33% of gut function, while only 40% of his liver was working correctly".