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Prominent Maryland stallion Two Punch dead

TWO Punch, a stalwart of the Maryland stallion ranks during the last 25 years and sire of prominent Kentucky stallion Smoke Glacken, was put down on Saturday at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland due to the infirmities of old age. The grey son of Mr. Prospector was 28-years-old and had stood for a private fee this year.

"Two Punch had been an integral part of Northview Stallion Station since we opened our doors in 1989," said RichardGolden, Northview Stallion Station co-owner and managing partner.

"He sired an Eclipse Award winner, has become an excellent broodmare sire and has had an auction record that was the best in the region. And he remained popular tothe end."

Two Punch was successful in half of his four starts led by a victory in the 1986 Listed Bachelor Stakes over 6f at Oaklawn Park.

Despite never siring more than 73 foals in a single crop, he is the sire of 54 stakes winners from 22 crops of racing age topped by the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Smoke Glacken, himself the sire of two Grade 1 scorers, and Grade 1-winning gelding Taking Risks. Between them, runners by Two Punch have earned more than $49million.

Two Punch was named Maryland's stallion of the year three times; in 1994, 1995 and 1997).

He is also developing into an effective broodmare sire, with his daughters producing runners ranging from dual Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser and millionaire Good Night Shirt to the Grade 1-winning sprinter and millionaire Shine Again.

Bred by Eleanor R. Ryan in Kentucky, Two Punch was out of the 1980 American champion two-year-old filly and five-time Grade 1 winner Heavenly Cause.





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