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Cozzene put down at 28

Cozzene, a champion on the track and at stud, has been put down at Gainesway in Kentucky. The grey son of Caro was 28.

Bred and owned by John Nerud, and trained by Nerud's son Jan, Cozzene was unraced at two but was progressive at three, winning three of his six starts. At four he reached the places in the United Nations Handicap, the Man O'War Stakes and the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile - a race which he won the next year to be named the champion turf horse in the US.

He retired to Gainesway the winner of ten of his 24 starts and $978,152 in prize money, and went on to achieve considerable success at stud.

Among the Grade 1 winners sired by Cozzene are Star Of Cozzene, Mizzen Mast, Gaviola, Star Over The Bay, Zoftig and Breeders' Cup winners Tikkanen, who won the Turf in 1994, and Alphabet Soup, whose Classic win helped Cozzene become the champion US sire in 1996.

His best European runner was Environment Friend, whom Clive Brittain trained to win the Dante Stakes and the Eclipse in 1991.

Cozzene also proved to be an able broodmare sire. His daughters have produced the Group/Grade 1 winners River's Prayer, Toccet, Zaftig, and, perhaps most significantly, Pivotal, who won the Nunthorpe Stakes before establishing himself as one of the leading stallions in Europe.

Cozzene has been buried at Gainesway. The farm's president, Anthony Beck, said: "He was such a valuable member of the Gainesway family. His success on the track and as a sire will be remembered forever. He was a fantastic horse."

 

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