ACADEMY AWARD 1986 - 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
 
Photo by Laura Battles

 

Secretariat - Mine Only by Mr. Prospector

 

Obit:
Academy Award, a graded stakes-winning son of Secretariat, was euthanized Aug. 24 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement near Georgetown, Ky., because of complications from chronic laminitis. He was 24.

A foot injury prevented Kentucky-bred Academy Award from competing until age 4. Campaigned as a homebred by Peter Blum, Academy Award won the 1991 Early Times Manhattan Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. He retired with five wins from 19 starts and earnings of $226,943. He was produced from the Mr Prospector mare Mine Only.

Academy Award originally stood at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. He ended his breeding career at Win Row Farm in Lebanon, Ohio. He is represented as a stallion by 10 stakes winners, including Canadian grade I winner Four On the Floor and Brazil champion Mr. McCartney.

Academy Award was retired from stud duty and relocated to Old Friends with the help of Win Row’s Chris Rosell; Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery through the Secretariat Foundation; actress Angie Dickinson; and television producer Barbara Bowen.

“Academy Award had a perfect disposition for Old Friends,” said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. “And visitors loved the idea that he was Secretariat’s son. He was a lot smaller than his sire. We called him Little Red.”

History:
One of the last sons of the magnificent Secretariat, greatest race horse of modern times, Academy Award was bred and raced by Peter E. Blum, and trained by Richard DeStasio. He began racing at 4 years old and showed particular talent on the turf. That ran in the blood—his famous sire won on both surfaces.

Academy Award is a small horse, but he could make big moves. The most impressive of his victories was his win in the 1991 Early Times Manhattan Handicap (G2). With Craig Perret up, he prevailed over Stage Colony, an Old Friends resident who passed away in 2009. In 19 starts, Academy Award earned $226,943. At stud in Ohio at Win Row Farm, Academy Award sired 9 stakes winners.
Academy Award’s retirement to Old Friends was enabled by a cast of sponsors befitting his name: Golden Globe winning actress Angie Dickinson, Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, and TV producer Barbara Bowen.

SECRETARIAT
ch 1970
BOLD RULER
dkbbr 1954
NASRULLAH
b 1940
NEARCO
MUMTAZ BEGUM
MISS DISCO
b 1944
DISCOVERY
OUTDONE
SOMETHINGROYAL
b 1952
PRINCEQUILLO
b 1940
PRINCE ROSE
COSQUILLA
IMPERATRICE
dkbbr 1938
CARUSO
CINQUEPACE
MINE ONLY
b 1981
MR. PROSPECTOR
b 1970
RAISE A NATIVE
ch 1961
NATIVE DANCER
RAISE YOU
GOLD DIGGER
b 1962
NASHUA
SEQUENCE
MONO
b 1963
BETTER SELF
b 1945
BIMELECH
BEE MAC
SIN IGUAL
ch 1952
BOLD VENTURE
IGUAL
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