Marquetry dies at Old Friends
Marquetry, a flashy chestnut who earned nearly $3 million on the track, was euthanized at Old Friends Feb. 1 after suffering a fatal accident in his stall, says Michael Blowen, president and founder of the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
The prized stallion, who was one of Blowen’s favorites, and was often featured in photographs alongside the charity’s president, was 26.
In a sad announcement, Bowen notes, “We have retired many great horses, but none will ever take his place.”
The silver lining was that his injury was discovered early, and the quick and careful response from veterinarians at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute took away Marquetry’s suffering, he adds in a press release. A full necropsy report from veterinarians is due soon.
In life, Marquetry was a star.
He earned $2,857,886 in 36 career starts, and was a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf, according to the press release. His victories include the 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (G1), the 1992 Eddie Read Handicap (G1), and the 1993 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (G1).
In his subsequent stud career, he fathered Breeders’ Cup winners and Eclipse sprint champions Artax (1999) and Squirtle Squirt (2001).
Ms. Stalwart is euthanized at Our Mims
Ms. Stalwart, the sweet-tempered dam of high-earning racehorses Stalwart Member and Mount Intrepid, was euthanized at Our Mims Retirement Haven on Jan. 28 because of complications of old age. She was 29.
The chestnut mare was born on May 15, 1984, and went on to race 29 times. She had 5 wins, 3 places, and 4 shows and earned a total of $79,740.
After her race career, she served as a broodmare to several successful racehorses, including Stalwart Member (1993), who was sired by Claramount and earned $783,807, and Mount Intrepid (1997), also sired by Claramount, who earned $398,306.
Ms. Stalwart was retired to Our Mims on Sept. 17, 2009, and quickly became one of the favorites of Our Mims Farm Manager Jeanne Mirabito.
“Ms. Stalwart will be remembered for her sweet disposition,” Mirabito says, adding, “It was an honor to have this mare in our lives.
Our Mims, a certified nonprofit since 2006, exists to offer a safe and happy retirement for aged mares and broodmares, according to a press release.
The Haven is home to Princess Royale, Bel’s Starlet, Cruella, Blue Viking, Lotka, Ms. Royal Flagship, Taba Dance, Trail Guide, and Dogwood Patty. Our Mims’ grandson, 1997 Breeders Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst, arrived in October of 2011.