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Uncle Mo at Breeders' Cup 2010

Uncle Mo: 2010's US champion juvenile colt was a star for Indian Charlie

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Top Kentucky sire Indian Charlie dead at 16

KENTUCKY'S stallion ranks have lost one of their leading lights with the death of Airdrie Stud resident Indian Charlie at the age of 16. It is believed he was put down after suffering from cancer.

Bob Baffert, who trained Indian Charlie to win the Santa Anita Derby in 1998, tweeted on Thursday: "Very sad to hear that we lost Indian Charlie. Gave us all great memories. Great horse and sire."

Indian Charlie was the sire of an Eclipse champion in four out of five years from 2006 to 2010, his most recent being last year's outstanding US champion juvenile colt Uncle Mo.

In total, the son of Irish-bred In Excess has sired 16 Group or Graded winners, four at the highest level - Fleet Indian (Beldame Stakes and Personal Ensign Stakes), Indian Blessing (Frizette Stakes, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, La Brea Stakes, Prioress Stakes and Test Stakes), Pampered Princess (Spinster Stakes) and Uncle Mo (Champagne Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile).

Such success meant that Indian Charlie was set to cover mares at Airdrie at a fee of$75,000 next year but he did not always command such high prices.

Originally retired to Vinery Stud in Kentucky, he sired champions Fleet Indian and Indian Blessing at fees of $15,000 or less while he doesn't have more than 85 foals in each crop aged three or above.

His influence on the breed is growing steadily, as his Graded-winning sons Bwana Charlie and My Pal Charlie are at stud in America - Bwana Charlie is the sire of Grade 1 winner Comma To The Top - and Uncle Mo begins his stallion career at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky next year.

The best performer produced by a daughter of Indian Charlie is last year's Canadian horse of the year Biofuel.






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