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Kentucky Derby winner Strike The Gold dead

STRIKE The Gold, winner of the 1991 Kentucky Derby for Nick Zito, has died at the age of 23 in Turkey. The son of Alydar fractured his near fore pastern on Tuesday and was put down at the Karacabey Stud Farm in Izmit following veterinary examination.

He was set to stand the2012 season for TRY6,000 (£2,059/€2,451).

His death means that Sea Hero, who also resides at the Karacabey Stud Farm, is the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at 21.

Purchased for $500,000 as ayearling by B. Giles Brophy, William J. Condren, and Joseph M. Cornacchia who raced him under the name BCC Stable, Strike The Gold won six of 31 starts and nearly $3.5 million in prize-money.

Chris Antley steered him to success in the1991 Kentucky Derby and although he was only sixth in the Preakness Stakes, he bounced back to run a head second to Hansel in the Belmont Stakes.

He returned the following year to win the Grade 1 Pimlico Special Handicap, having been bought outright for $2.9 million by Condren and Cornacchia at Fasig-Tipton following an ownership dispute.

Strike The Gold was retired following his five-year-old season to stand at Vinery in Kentucky but was sold in 1998 to stand in Turkey.

His progeny include Turkish champions Sabirli and Arsenic, while heading his American-bred runners is the Grade 3-placed Klabin's Gold.

He is also the broodmare sire of Grade 1 winner and Kentucky sire Borrego.

Bred by Calumet Farm, Strike The Gold was out of the stakes-winning Hatchet Man mare Majestic Gold.





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