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Ogygian Dead At 32

Tuesday, 17th March 2015

Multiple Gr1 winning sire Ogygian (Damascus-Gonfalon, by Francis. S), the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Kentucky, died on Saturday due to complications from colic, reports bloodhorse.com. He was 32. Ogygian began his stud career at the Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, before he was sent to East Stud in Japan following the 1995 breeding season. From 17 crops, Ogygian sired 473 winners, including 23 stakes winners, from 733 starters who amassed progeny earnings of more than US$52.3 million. Among his top offspring are US graded stakes winners D'Hallevant, Dice Dancer, Ramblin Guy, and Fly'n J. Bryan. However, it was as a broodmare sire that Ogygian had his greatest success, with his daughters producing 36 stakes winners to date, including 2001 champion 2YO Johannesburg and Gr1 winners Street Boss, Freluche, Gygistar, and Johan Cruyff, as well as Friendly Island, runner-up in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint and 2007 Dubai Golden Shaheen. Ogygian was 22 when Old Friends paid ¥1.5 million to acquire him from Japan, so that he could live out the rest of his days in Kentucky. Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, said: "When Ogygian first arrived, I received an unexpected phone call from turf writer Russ Harris. He said to me, 'I saw Secretariat and Seattle Slew and all the big races for several decades, and you, sir, have the greatest horse I ever laid eyes on.' I couldn't agree more."

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