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US Gr1-Winning Sire Aptitude Dies In Argentina
In South America, US multiple Gr1-winning & dual Classic-placed former Juddmonte stallion Aptitude (A.P.Indy-Dokki, by Northern Dancer) "died at Haras Vacacion in Argentina" aged 15 reported racingpost.com. Aptitude won 5 races (including the Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes by 10-lengths & Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup) as well as finishing runner-up in both 2000's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Belmont Stakes for nearly US$2 million prize-money. Aptitude was retired in 2002 to stand at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky & swiftly sired 2006 Gr1 Kentucky Derby 3rd-placed Steppenwolfer & 2006 Gr1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes winner Great Hunter. Overall he boasts 19 stakes-winners (including Argentinean Gr1 winner Lange). He stood his final season in Kentucky in 2010 (for US$7,500) & then became a permanent resident in Argentina.