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Bonnie's Poker, dam of Silver Charm, dead

BONNIE'S Poker, dam of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, was put down on Thursday at the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Kentucky after suffering from equine protozoal myoencephalitis (EPM). The daughter of Poker was 28-years-old.

"Bonnie was doing very well until the last few weeks," said Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends, in a statement. "Then she started to develop some problems with rear-end mobility. Consulting with Dr. Doug Byars, the decision was made to euthanize her before she became dangerous to herself and others."

Bonnie's Poker was an extremely tough racemare, winning or running placed in 30 of 63 races. Three of those victories were gained in the space of ten days.

She went on to produce 11 foals, six of whom were winners led by champion Silver Charm. A son of Silver Buck, Silver Charm captured the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes for owners Bob and Beverley Lewis before running an agonisingly close second in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

The Bob Baffert-trained grey went on to win the Dubai World Cup as a four-year-old before entering stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. He currently stands in Japan.

Bonnie's Poker is also the granddam of Grade 3 winner Super Freaky.

The mare was pensioned by Bill and Kristie Jakeman in 2003 and donated to Old Friends in 2004.





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