Dayjur: outstanding sprinter has been retired from stud dutyPICTURE: Gerry Cranham
from stud duty
DAYJUR, 1990 Horse of the Year and later sire of three champions, has been retired from stud duty at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky due to the infirmities of old age. The 23-year-old son of Danzig was due to stand this season at a fee of $3,000. He covered 11 mares in 2009 at a fee of $4,000.
A $1.65 million yearling purchase by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable, Dayjur was crowned Europe's Horse of the Year and the champion three-year-old colt in Britain and France of 1990 following a glittering season in which he landed the Nunthorpe Stakes, Ladbroke Sprint Cup, Prix de l'Abbaye, Temple Stakes and King's Stand Stakes under the care of the late Major Dick Hern.
He also memorably finished just a quarter length short to Safely Kept in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park despite twice jumping a shadow in the closing stages.
Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell Farm, summed up Dayjur's achievements on the track by saying: "Dayjur represented pure speed. My favourite headline of all time appeared in the Racing Post on the day after Dayjur broke the record in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot: 'Dayjur, The World's Fastest Horse!' Isn't that what it is all about?"
He added: "It is sad to take Dayjur out of our lineup. He has always been our cornerstone stallion and issuch a wonderful horse to be around."
Dayjur and his Eclipse Stakes-winning stablemate Elmaamul were the first stallions to take up residence at Shadwell Farm when entering stud in 1991.
Dayjur stood his firstseason for $50,000, but although he went on to sire 61 stakes horses such as the 1997 Middle Park Stakes winner Hayil, South American champion miler Eyjur, Irish champion juvenile filly Asfurah and first crop Cornwallis Stakes heroine Millstream, his stud career failed to mirror his success on the track and his popularity steadily waned.
With stallion sons such as Hayil, Danjur and Tipsy Creek making a limited impact, Dayjur's legacy is likely to live on through his daughters. To date, he is the broodmare sire of 38 stakes winners including Group/Grade 1 winners Elusive City - also a leading young sire - In Summation and Confidential Lady as well as the millionaire sprinter Diabolical.
A son of champion sprinter Gold Beauty, Dayjur is a half-brother to Alabama Stakes heroine Maplejinsky, later dam of champion Sky Beauty and granddam of Grade 1 winner Tale Of Ekati. He was bred by Georgia E. Hofmann.