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Canadian champion Peaks And Valleys dies

PEAKS and Valleys, Canadian Horse of the Year and later a leading sire in Canada, has died at Gardiner Farms in Ontario from the infirmities of old age. The son of Mt. Livermore was 20.

Bred by Josephine Abercrombie of Pin Oak Stud out of the Green Dancer mare Strike A Balance, Peaks And Valleys enjoyed his finest moment when successful in the 1995 Grade 1 Molson Export Million. At the end of the year, he was voted Canadian Horse of the Year.

"The success Mrs. Abercrombie enjoyed with Peaks and Valleys was a turning point for our programme," said Pin Oak general manager Clifford Barry. "He let all of us know what it was like to participate in racing at the very highest level."

Peaks and Valleys retired as the winner of nine of 16 starts and $1,589,270. He initially stood at Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud in Kentucky before re-locating to Gardiner Farms in Ontario, Canada, in 2006.

Among his 34 stakes winners is Grade 2 winner Dollar Bill, who earned $1,225,546 and was placed in five Grade 1 stakes, and the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes heroine Chamrousse.

Barry added: "We would like to thank the entire staff at Gardiner Farm, especially the late Dr. Mike Colterjohn and his assistant Sherry Mclean, for the tremendous care they gave Peaks and Valleys over the years."

Peaks and Valleys will be returned to his birthplace and buried at Pin Oak Stud.




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