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US breeder Harry T. Mangurian dies

LEADING American owner-breeder Harry T. Mangurian has died after a battle with leukaemia. He was 82.

 

Mangurian started his career by owning a family-run furniture outlet, but soon spread out into other successful ventures, including real estate and ownership of various football teams.

 

In1970 he purchased Tartan Farms near Ocala, Florida, and renamed it Mockingbird Farm. It didn't take long for his association with the Turf to become successful, and his first stakes winner, Desert Vixen, went on to become champion three-year-old filly in1973 and champion older mare one year later.

 

Among the other notable horses he bred were Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Gilded Time, Metropolitan Handicap winner Swept Overboard and Vosburgh Stakes hero Trippi.

 

He also owned End Sweep, who began his successful stallion career at Mockingbird Farm. End Sweep sired a then-record 33 juvenile winners from his first crop, and was later sold to stand at stud in Australia.

 

Mangurian received an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2001, the same year he sold Mockingbird Farm to Eugene Melnyk, who rebranded it as Winding Oaks Farm.

 

 

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