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Pensioned US sire Glitterman put down

PENSIONED US stallion Glitterman was put down at Old Friends in Kentucky on Thursday, April 14 at the age of 26.

The son of Dewan had been suffering from the infirmities of old age, including chronic arthritis.

Glitterman stood at Wafare Farm in Kentucky until 2005, when he was pensioned due to declining fertility and sent to Old Friends.

Glitterman was trained by Graeme Sanders to win five stakes races between 1988 and 1990, including the Grade 3 Philadelphia Park Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap. He also reached the places in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap.

He sired four millionaires: United Nations Handicap winner Balto star, Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner Glitter Woman, and multiple Graded stakes scorers Champali and J J'sdream.

Glitter Woman went on to produce Grade 1 Suburban Handicap winner Political Force at stud.

Old Friends president Michael Blowen told Daily Racing Form: "He was just such a pro. He had such stature. We took him out and fed him grass, and that was the last thing he did, was eat that grass.

"He'd been getting a little slower over the past few months because he had these bone chips. You can put up with that stuff when you're younger, but it gets worse when you're older. So we picked a sunny day, late in the afternoon."




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