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Champion sprinter Committed put down

COMMITTED, the champion older sprinter of 1984, was put down on Sunday due to the infirmities of old age at Diamond A Farm in Kentucky. The 29-year-old daughter of Hagley produced her last foal in 2001.

Sold for the relatively modest sum of $52,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale, possibly in part due to her unfashionable sire, Committed won 17 races and over £250,000 under primarily the care of Dermot Weld for owners Robert Sangster and latterly Allen Paulson.

Although she showed high-class form as a two-year-old when third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, it wasn't until she turned four that she hit full stride. Up until that point, Committed had shown good form over 6f to 1m, with wins in the Swordlestown Stakes and Orchardstown Stakes to her name.

However, a two-and-a-half length win in the King's Stand Stakes suggested that her future lay over sprint distances and she confirmed that opinion when storming away from the reigning Horse of the Year, Habibti, to take the William Hill Sprint Championship by four lengths on her first try over 5f. She later confirmed her superiority over that filly with an authoritative win in the Prix de l'Abbaye.

Committed spent her five-year-old season in the shadow of Never So Bold, falling short to that colt in the King's Stand Stakes and July Cup, which was her first appearance in the Paulson colours.

But she was successful in the Ballyogan Stakes and the Orchardstown Stakes, and at the end of that season memorably turned the tables on Never So Bold when becoming only the second horsein 20 years to triumph in back-to-back renewals of the Prix de l'Abbaye.

Committed ended her racing career in the US, where she posted a respectable unplaced effort on dirt in the Breeders' Cup Sprint before taking the Matchmaker Handicap on turf for Ron McAnally.

Committed was just as successful at stud, producing seven winners from ten foals including the Grade 1 winner Pharma, later dam of the Hampton Court Stakes runner-up Petrovich, and the Grade 2 winner Hap, now at stud in Indiana.

Those performers proved to be the highlight of seven unions with Theatrical, who was also the sire of her 1998 unraced filly Belva, dam of the top-class turf runner English Channel. She also produced the dual Irish Listed winner Committed Dancer to Nijinsky.

Out of the Boldnesian mare Mistinguette, Committed was a half-sister to two stakes winners including the Grade 2-placed Wooing.






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