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Tale Of The Cat's breeder Parrish dies aged 90

DAVID Curtis Parrish, the founder of Indian Creek Farm, died in Paris, Kentucky yesterday as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 90.

Parrish, who served in the American air force duringWorld War II, founded the stud in 1971 and it has since produced the champions Life’s Magic, Tale Of The Cat and Minardi.

Tale Of The Cat, a son of Storm Cat, won five races including the Grade 2 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. He has since gone on to be a leading stallion in the US and in 2003 he was crowned champion two-year-old sire. His leading performers include the Grade 1 winners Lion Heart, Gio Ponti, Cat Moves, My Trusty Cay and Tale Of Ekati.

Ten years before founding the farm, he had been one of the group – along with ArthurHancock – of the Clay Ward Agency. The agency was established to provide equine insurance to the thoroughbred industry.  Parrish was also president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

 

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