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North American turf star Honor Glide dies at 18

HONOR GLIDE, a star on the North American turf scene in the late 1990s, succumbed to a heart attack at Fanlew Farms in Louisiana on Wednesday. He was 18.

The Florida-bred son of Honor Grades was unraced at two but made up for lost time at three, when he won the 'Mid-America Triple' at Arlington in 1997: the Arlington Classic, the American Derby and the Secretariat Stakes.

Honor Glide became the first horse to win those three races since Buckpasser in 1966 and no other has achieved the clean sweep since.

Honor Glide also won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga in 1999 and the Grade 2 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2001.

He retired with a record of 11 wins from 38 starts and prize-money earnings of $1,397,187.

Honor Glide began his stallion career at Cloverleaf Farms and Bridlewood Farm in Florida before being transferred to Louisiana in 2009.

He has sired 71 winners from 160 foals of racing age including Puerto Rican champion Sally's Glider.

 

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