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Secretariat: the 1973 Triple Crown winner was sire of Academy Award

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Secretariat son Academy Award put down aged 24

ACADEMY AWARD, one of the last sons of American racing legend Secretariat, was put down on Tuesday at Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility in Kentucky. He was 24.

Academy Award was euthanised after developing complications from chronic laminitis.

Due to a foot injury, Academy Award made his racing debut at four. His finest hour came when winning the Grade 2 Manhattan Handicap and he retired with a record of five wins from 19 starts and earnings of $226,943.

He spent most of his stud career at Win Row Farm in Ohio, where he stood his final season in 2009 at a fee of $1,500. His best progeny were Canadian Grade 1 winner Four On The Floor and Brazilian champion Mr McCartney.

He entered Old Friends in January and among the sponsors of his retirement were actress Angie Dickinson and Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery.

Academy Award was out of the Mr Prospector mare Mine Only.

 

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