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Aurora, dam of
Arch, dies aged 23

AURORA, dam of Grade 1 winner and successful stallion Arch, died on Thursday at Middlebrook Farm in Kentucky.
The 23-year-old daughter of Danzig recently produced a filly by Empire Maker and had been turned out in a paddock with her foal following a post-foaling examination. She was later found dead with a haemorrhage of the uterine artery the suspected cause of death.

Bred and raced by Helen Groves, Helen Alexander, and David Aykroyd, Aurora was a successful filly on the track, winning seven races including the Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap. She was also second in the Grade 3 Beaugay Handicap on turf.

Four of Aurora's ten foals of racing age became stakes winners led by her first foal, the Kris S colt Arch, whose five wins included the Grade 1 Super Derby. Arch has since become a flagship stallion at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky with six winners at the top level to his credit including Blame, conqueror of Zenyatta in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, and top-class British sprinter Les Arcs.

Last October, Aurora was represented by her second Grade 1 winner when Acoma took the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. The daughter of Empire Maker is the winner of nine races and nearly $1.1 million in prize-money. Aurora is the also the dam of UAE Horse of the Year and Godolphin Mile winner Festival Of Light, who had a short-lived stud career in Texas, and minor stakes winner Alisios.

Out of the 1983 US champion two-year-old filly Althea, Aurora was a half-sister to Japanese champion Yamanin Paradise and from the immediate family of Green Desert.






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