Nineteen-year-old was one of Korea’s most successful Sires
Ft. Stockton [Cure The Blues – Tai The Devil (Tai)], one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful sires, is dead. The nineteen year old died suddenly at stud on May 30.
Seemingly in good health, Ft Stockton had been performing stallion duties up until the day before he was found dead. The cause of death given is a ruptured Pulmonary Artery.
As a racehorse in his native United States, Ft. Stockton won the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup and Hirsch Jacobs Stakes as a three-year old and the Arlington Breeders’ Cup Sprint Handicap at four, retiring with seven wins from his thirty-one starts.
In more than a decade at stud, Ft. Stockton has sired some outstanding Korean racehorses including 2005 President’s Cup winner French Dancer and 2009 Minister’s Cup winner and Korean Guineas and Derby runner-up, Namdo Jeap. However, there is one horse in particular that Ft. Stockton will be remembered for.
J.S. Hold (out of the Passetreul mare Hwansangjiljoo) was, in Korean racing terms, exceptional. Winning nine of his ten races, he completed the inaugural Triple Crown in 2007 including a ten length triumph in the Derby. Only 75% fit for the Minister’s Cup, the final leg of the Crown, J.s. Hold still managed to battle to victory. The injury didn’t heal and he was retired having secured his place as arguably Korea’s greatest ever home-produced racehorse.
Ft. Stockton’s legacy will continue. He’s represented in both of this weekend’s big Stakes races; Annika Queen takes part in the KNN Cup at Busan while last year’s Korean Oaks runner-up Cheonun takes her chance in the Owners’ Trophy at Seoul. With nearly three more crops of foals to reach the track, he may be gone but it will be a long time before Ft. Stockton’s impact on Korean horse racing is forgotten.
* Here is J.S. Hold’s crushing Derby win:
Ft. Stockton is the third high-profile stallion to pass away in Korea this year following the deaths of Yankee Victor and The Groom Is Red.