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Leading Canadian sire Bold Executive put down

BOLD EXECUTIVE, a perennial champion sire in Canada, was put down at his home of Gardiner Farms in Ontario on Monday after being found to have a leaking artery. He was 27.

The son of Bold Ruckus leads the Canadian sires' list and was the oldest active sire on the General Sire list in North America. He has been buried alongside Gardiner Farms greats such as Carney’s Point and Briartic.

Bold Executive has sired 22 crops and, despite his advancing years, covered 40 mares this year, 38 of whom reportedly got in foal.

Those crops have produced more than 420 winners who have earned more than $44 million. His tally of black-type winners stands at 40, which include three Canadian champions: Blonde Executive, Sand Cove and Simply Lovely.

He topped Canada's leading sire list in six years and has twice been North America's leading synthetic sire.

Bold Executive had a high commercial profile too, and in this month's first session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Canadian-bred yearling sale, he supplied the top priced colt and filly.

Bold Executive was bred in Ontario by Gustav Schickendanz out of Canadian broodmare of the year Arctic Vixen. Trained by Gerald W. Belanger, he achieved top-two finishes in 15 of his 19 starts and won the 1986 Coronation Futurity Stakes.




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