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Death of US champion Fleet Indian aged ten

US CHAMPION Fleet Indian was put down on Saturday after suffering from colic complications at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky. The daughter of Indian Charlie, who was owned by Frank and Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm, was ten-years-old and not in foal.

Fleet Indian earned championship honours as the leading older mare in 2006 after landing a sequence of races for Todd Pletcher and owner Paul Saylor including the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes and Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes. Sent off favourite for that year's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, she broke down on the far turn but was able to be saved for stud. She retired as the winner of 13 races and $1,704,513.

The following year, Saylor bought back Fleet Indian for $3.9 million at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale in foal to Storm Cat. She was later purchased privately by Summer Wind.

The resulting Storm Cat foal topped the 2009 Keeneland September Sale when selling to John Ferguson for $2.05 million. Named Storm ‘n Indian, he has been placed in two starts.

Fleet Indian is also the dam of a two-year-old filly by A P Indy, a Distorted Humor yearling filly who sold for $500,000 to Shadwell at this year's Keeneland September Sale and a Medaglia d'Oro filly foal.

Fleet Indian was the best of threewinners out of the Afleet mare Hustleeta, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Cherokee Wonder.




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