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Skip Away: the son of Skip Trial won seven Grade 1 contests

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Death of Skip Trial,
sire of Skip Away

SKIP Trial, sire of American Horse of the Year Skip Away, was put down on Tuesday at Bridlewood Farm in Florida due to the infirmities of old age. The son of Bailjumper was 30-years-old and will be buried in the farm cemetery at Bridlewood, his home since his retirement to stud in 1988.

Skip Trial was a top-class performer, winning nine Graded stakes including the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational over Kentucky Derby hero Spend A Buck and two renewals of the Grade 1 GulfstreamPark Handicap.

From 22 crops of racing age, Skip Trial sired 28 stakes winners and the earners of over $34.5 million topped by the outstanding Skip Away, the winner of ten Grade 1 races who earned Horse of the Year honours in 1998.

Retired from breeding in 2010, Skip Trial has five registered foals of 2009, and one registered two-year-old of 2012.

"Skip Trial was a farm stalwart and favorite," said Bridlewood general manager George G. Isaacs. "In my mind, he was a throwback to the Thoroughbred of yesteryear, with his rugged looks and hickory toughness. He was a proven source of soundness and stamina, which he demonstrated on the racetrack in the mid-1980's through his earnings of $1.8 million.

"During his service at stud, he always had one of the highest national rankings for average earnings per starter. He was a ‘special' horse and noble equine friend, who will be sorely missed."




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