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Critical Moment - Newmarket 08.07.10

Critical Moment: the best European performer sired by Aptitude

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Death of former Juddmonte sire Aptitude

FORMER Juddmonte stallion Aptitude, who ran second in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, has died at Haras Vacacion in Argentina. The son of A P Indy was 15.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, Aptitude won five races and nearly $2 million in prize-money. In addition to his classic placings, he enjoyed his finest moments when landing the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes by ten lengths and Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Aptitude was retired in 2002 to stand at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky and swiftly made an impact, siring the 2006 Kentucky Derby third Steppenwolfer and 2006 Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes winner Great Hunter.

His best performer in Europe is Critical Moment, winner of the Listed Thoroughbred Stakes for Barry Hills.

In all, he is the sire of 19 stakes winners including Argentinean Group 1 scorer Lange.

He stood his final season in Kentucky in 2010, after which he became a permanent resident in Argentina.




Galileo £10,647,143
Dark Angel £3,010,502
Dubawi £2,934,398
Kodiac £2,222,880
Acclamation £2,085,631
Frankel £1,958,689
Nathaniel £1,879,961
Sea The Stars £1,873,321
Iffraaj £1,752,926
Invincible Spirit £1,692,997