Breeders' Cup winner Dancing Spree dies at 26
DANCING SPREE, a beautifully bred winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, has died aged 26 in the unlikely setting of Marlborough, Wiltshire.
Bred and owned by Ogden Phipps, Dancing Spree won the 1989 Sprint at Gulfstream, defeating Safely Kept by a neck. After an initial spell covering in America, he was bought jointly by Guy de Rothschild and Cheveley Park Stud to stand in France.
A varied career which failed to produce many high-class winners eventually saw the son of Nijinsky bought by bloodstock investor Don Bass to cover at Collin Stud and then Wiltshire’s Manor Farm Stud.
He was out of the Riva Ridge mare Blitey, a presence in the pedigrees of many top Phipps racehorses, among them the multiple Grade 1 winner Heavenly Prize.
His highest-money earner is Rowe Park, a Group 3 winner at Newbury in 2007, who has first run since November in the Listed Sportingbet Supports Heros Hever Sprint Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.