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Arlington Million winner Awad dies aged 21

MULTIPLE Grade 1 winner Awad was found dead in his paddock at Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, on Saturday.

The 21-year-old son of Caveat, who died from heart failure, had resided at Old Friends since being pensioned from stud duties in 2006.

Bred and raced by Ryehill Farm in Maryland, Awad won 14 of his 70 starts and prize-money of over $3.2 million in seven seasons of racing.

He became the first horse to win both the Secretariat Stakes and Arlington Million at Arlington. In the latter race he broke the course record time.

His other big-race victories came in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park, the Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park and the Sword Dancer InvitationalHandicap at Saratoga.

Awad retired to stud at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland in 1999 and sired one stakes winner in Underbidder.

Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said: “It’s been an honour to be associated with such a champion as Awad. He was a favourite at the farm and a favourite of so many of the visiting fans. He will be sorely missed.”

 

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