Robin Of Navan: son of American Post won the Criterium de Saint-CloudPICTURE: ScoopDyga
Death of triple Group 1 winner American Post
TRIPLE Group 1 winner American Post was put down on Wednesday morning after suffering a broken leg in his box at Haras de Treban on Tuesday evening, an injury that could not be repaired on the operating table. The son of Bering was 15-years-old.
Trained throughout his career by Criquette Head-Maarek on behalf of owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, American Post won three of his four juvenile starts with Group 1 victories in the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere and Racing Post Trophy.
His Classic campaign started off in the best possible way with a winning reappearance in the Listed Prix Omnium II followed by Group 3 success in the Prix de Fontainebleau.
However, his greatest achievement came on his third start as a three-year-old when securing the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the French 2,000 Guineas, after being sent-off the 4-11 favourite.
After finishing out of the placings on two further starts at the highest level in the Derby and Prix du Moulin, the colt was retired to Haras d'Etreham in Normandy in 2005 having won six of his nine starts and having accrued almost half a million pounds in prize-money.
A Juddmonte homebred, American Post was the first and only foal out of the Sadler's Wells mare Wells Fargo, an unraced half-sister to 1998 Cheshire Oaks heroine and St Leger Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks runner-up High And Low.
Head-Maarek trained his sire Bering to victory in the 1986 Prix du Jockey Club. American Post was one of six top-level winners by the stallion following his retirement to the Head family's Haras du Quesnay, a number that included 2,000 Guineas hero Pennekamp and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches victress Matiara.
American Post stood his first five seasons at Haras d'Etreham at a fee of €7,000 and made an impressive start to his second career with his first crop including Group 3 Prix Fille de l'Air winner Ma Preference and Listed scorers Ana Americana, Queen America and Validor.
His sophomore crop got off to an even better start with the triple Listed winner Liliside looking like being her sire's first Group 1 winner when finishing first past the post in the 2010 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.
However, the celebrations were to be short-lived with the runner-up Special Duty, ironically trained by Head-Maarek, awarded the race in the stewards room having been inconvenienced by Liliside.
The stallion has produced black-type scorers from all but two of his nine crops to date, with last season seeing him represented by a deserved first Group 1 winner when the Harry Dunlop-trained colt Robin Of Navan landed the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.
As if to endorse what a loss to the French stallion ranks American Post's death will be, he is currently ranked second in the list of leading sires in France by number of winners and total prize money for 2016.
American Post has 28 two-year-olds and 13 yearlings currently registered with France Galop.