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Death of Grade 1-winning sire Purim

GRADE 1 winner Purim, who was one of only three sons of Dynaformer set to stand in Kentucky this season, was euthanised on Saturday following colic surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky.

The ten-year-old was due to stand this season for $7,500 at Richland Hills Farm in Kentucky, his home since his retirement from racing in 2008.

Unraced at two, Purim developed into a formidable turf performer, winning nine of 23 starts that culminated with a victory in the 2007 Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. He was also successful in a pair of Grade 3 stakes.

Nathan Fox of Richland Hills was closely involved with Dynaformer when he  entered stud for just $5,000 at Wafare Farm in Kentucky and identified Purim as an ideal successor to his sire.

Purim's early death will have dented hopes of maintaining the Dynaformer sire line, which is now represented in Kentucky by only Temple City and Mr Big, who stand for $5,000 and $2,500. Although Purim finished only 35th on theAmerican first season sires' list, he made an encouraging start given that he didn't race at two himself, siring six winners from 23 starters.

Out of the stakes-placed Lord At War mare Kirsteena, Purim was from the further family of Dr Fager.




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