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Significant US breeder Steinbrenner dead

GEORGE Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees and a major owner and breeder in the US, died on Tuesday following aheart attack. He was 80-years-old.

Steinbrenner became first involved in racing during the early 1970s and owned Kinsman Farm in Ocala, Florida, an 860-acre establishment where he bred over 40 stakes winners.

The farm has been particularly successful during the past five years, producing the likes of Bellamy Road, who was a wide-margin winner of the 2005 Wood Memorial Stakes, and the brilliant two-year-old Majestic Warrior. Bellamy Road, a son of Kinsman Stable's Grade 2 winner Concerto, and Majestic Warrior both now stand at stud in Kentucky.

Steinbrenner had pulled off a remarkable double seven years prior to Majestic Warrior's Hopeful Stakes win when the colt's dam, Dream Supreme, emulated her own dam, Spinning Round, by taking the Ballerina Handicap.

He also raced the other Grade 1 winners Buy the Firm, Eternal Prince and Sweet Symphony.

Steinbrenner is survived by wife Joan and children Hal, Hank, Jessica and Jennifer.




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