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Anjiz dies at stud in Argentina aged 22

FORMER English two-year-old stakes winner Anjiz, the sire of Argentine Group 1 winning speedballs Anjiz Star and El Noi, succumbed to colic on December 26 at Benjamin Araya's farm, near Coronel Suarez, in Buenos Aires providence, where he stood, reports Turf Diario. He was 22.

The son of Nureyev, who had been covering a mix of thoroughbred racing mares and polo mares successfully for a number of seasons, began his stud career in New York before being sold by Gainsborough and Questroyal Stable to stand in Argentina in 2000.

He stood the 2001 breeding season at Solred Farms near Reddick, Florida, before he returned to Argentina. In Argentina, he was also the sire of Group winners Anjiz Lake, Big Gees, Rey Anjiz, and Classy Song. From his North American production, he is the sire of six black-type winners.

Produced by the multiple Grade 1 winner Prayers 'N Promises (Foolish Pleasure), a half sister to 1974 champion three-year-old male and dual classic winner Little Current (Sea Bird) as well as to Derbyvail (Nureyev), grandam of US stallion Hard Spun (Danzig), Anjiz won seven of 39 career starts and earned US$315,623.

His record includes triumphs in the 1990 Bonusprint Champion 2yo Trophy in England and the 1993 Phoenix Breeders´Cup Stakes at Keeneland, setting a track record of 1m07s.78 for six furlongs.

Raced by Gainsborough Farm, Anjiz was additionally second in the listed Bay Meadow Breeders´Cup Handicap and Poterhouse Handicap, and third in the Grade 3 Bing Crosby Handicap and Morvich Handicap.

 

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