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Florida stallion Sword Dance dies aged 26

SWORD DANCE, a Grade 2-winning son of Nijinsky and successful Florida-based stallion, died on November 1 at Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell's Stonehedge Farm South aged 26.

Sword Dance is the sire of 23 stakes winners with progeny earnings of more than $26.4 million. He sired four-time Grade 1 winner Marlin, whose victories include the Arlington Million, Grade II winners Blazing Sword and Dance for Thee, and Grade III winner Friel's For Real.

The Irish-bred is out of the Secretariat mare Rosa Mundi, and his second dam, Lisadell, is a sister to Special, herself dam of Nureyev, second dam of Sadler's Wells and Archipenko.

"Sword Dance was the first big stallion we purchased, and he brought Stonehedge and Mr. and Mrs. Campbell a lot of success," said farm manager Larry King.

"He was a foundation horse in Florida, one of the few to sire an Arlington Million winner. He had a foundation pedigree, and he was such a consistent sire for so long.

"He was the farm favorite breeder and an easy horse to care for. He's made significant impact as a broodmare sire, and his legacy lives on through his daughters. Stonehedge's success as breeder has a lot to do with Sword Dance. He will be missed."

 

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