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Drum Taps: dual Ascot Gold Cup winner brought European attention to Lane's End Farm's Dixieland Band

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Death of Kentucky stalwart Dixieland Band

DIXIELAND Band, a stalwart of the Kentucky stallion ranks for the past 20 years, was put down on Wednesday due to the infirmities of age. The son of Northern Dancer was 30-years-old and had been living in retirement at Lane's End Farm, his home for the past 25 years, since 2009.

Bred by Bayard Sharp out of the Grade 1 winner Mississippi Mud, Dixieland Band retired to stud as the winner of eight races and $441,320 in earnings. Successful in the Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes as a two-year-old, he went on to add the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby the following year and Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap at four.

Along with Fit To Fight and Hero's Honor, Dixieland Band was one of three original stallions to stand at William Farish's Lane's End Farm in Kentucky upon his retirement in 1985. Box Office Gold became his first stakes winner when scoring in the 1988 Grade 2 Tempted Stakes and thus started a steady flow of stakes winners that currently numbers 117 from 23 crops of racing age.

Among his top runners was the dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Drum Taps, Prix de Diane winner Egyptband and Haskell Invitational scorer Dixie Union, who is now a successful stallion at Lane's End Farm.

Dixieland Band has also made a serious impact through his daughters, topping the US broodmare sires' list in 2004 and finishing within the top ten in eight of the past ten years. Kentucky Derby winners Monarchos and Street Sense both own Dixieland Band as a broodmare sire.

Group/Grade 1 winners by Dixieland Band
 Horse  Year foaled  Races won
 Drum Taps  1986  Ascot Gold Cup (twice)
 Spinning Round  1989  Ballerina Stakes
 Dixie Brass  1989  Metropolitan H'cap
 Roaring Twenties  1996  Selene Stakes
 Egyptband  1997  Prix de  Diane
 Dixie Union  1997  Haskell Invitational, Malibu Stakes
 Menhoubah  2001  Oaks d'Italia
 Sharp Lisa  2002  Las Virgenes  Stakes
 Alwajeeha  2005  Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup






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