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Breeders' Cup Runner-Up Eltish Euthanased

Friday, 12th October 2012

In the US, it has been confirmed that 1994 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Eltish (Cox's Ridge-Nimble Feet, by Danzig) "was euthanased at the end of September "because of complications from equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (RPM)", reports bloodhorse.com. Standing at Mole's Hill Farm in New York at the time of his death, owner Gary Olsen commented, "He had it for a few years, and we took care of it… And then it got worse to the point where that was it." Despite his health concern, Eltish's fertility remained high and he managed to cover 20 mares this year. Raced in both the UK and the US by breeder Khalid Abdullah (Juddmonte Farm), he "began his racing career at 2 in England, where he won the Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II), and then returned to the United States for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in which he finished second behind Timber Country." As a 3-year-old he ran 6th in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby (again to Timber Country), a gallant runner-up to Smart Strike in the Gr1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap and 3rd to the mighty Cigar in the million-plus Arlington Citation Challenge Invitational Stakes. Retiring with 5 wins and 10 placings from 25 starts for earnings of US$704,186, "he sired 13 stakes winners and the earners of more than [US]$12.5 million."

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