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Apapane - Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas G1 Hanshin Turf 1600m).

Apapane: Japanese 1,000 Guineas-Oaks winner is out of a Salt Lake mare

  PICTURE: Masakuzu Takahashi  

California sire Salt Lake put down aged 21

CALIFORNIA-BASED sire Salt Lake was put down at Golden Eagle Farm on Tuesday after undergoing colic surgery. The son of Deputy Minister was 21.

Salt Lake was purchased from Walmac International in Kentucky and stood his first season at the Mabee family's Golden Eagle Farmin 2006. He will buried at the stud alongside General Meeting and Best Pal.

Golden Eagle general manager Janine McCullough said: "He had minor colic surgery a few weeks ago and appeared to initially recover well.

"However, within a week of being home his condition started to worsen and we sent him back to the clinic. We did everything we could. Salt Lake was a fighter, but he finally told me it was time.

"Great horses like him will always tell you when. It is a very sad day for me, Larry Mabee and the Golden Eagle farm staff. He was a special horse."

A top-class sprinter, Salt Lake's seven career wins included the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. At stud he has sired 68 stakes winners.

His best progeny include champions Fantasy Lake and Salt Champ, and Grade 1 winner Ordway. With 15 crops of racing age, he has sired the earners of more than $55 million to date.

He is alsodamsire of this year's Japanese 1,000 Guineas winner and Oaks dead-heater Apapane.

Salt Lake was advertised at a fee of $5,000 this year.





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