AWAD 1990 - 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

  
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Cavaet - Dancer's Candy - Noble Dancer(GB)

Obit by Rick Capone via horseracingnation.com :
Awad, winner of nine total graded-stakes races in his career, four of them Grade 1 stakes races, including the Arlington Million, Sword Dancer Invitational, Secretariat Stakes and Manhattan Handicap, was found dead in his paddock early this morning, Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Old Friends, the thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky. He was 21.
 
According to veterinarian Dr. Douglas Byars and Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen, the cause of death was a sudden heart attack, but a full necropsy is currently underway at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington.
 
“It’s been an honor to be associated with such a champion as Awad,” said Blowen in a press release from Old Friends today. “He was a favorite at the farm and a favorite of so many of the visiting fans. He will be sorely missed,”
 
“He was a great horse, he had a tremendous impact on everyone,” said Awad's trainer David Donk today from his barn at Saratoga. “He got the best care of his life while at Old Friends, and we’re so glad we got visit him there last year.”
 
Out of Caveat-Dancer's Candy, by Noble Dancer, Awad raced 70 times in his career, winning 14 times and collecting $3,270,131 in earnings. He also had 10 seconds and 11 thirds, putting him in the money in 50 percent of his races throughout his career.
 
His first Grade 1 victory came in 1993, when he won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International. Arlington would be a track in which he would love to run throughout his career.
 
In 1995, Awad won the Arlington Million at the track, and set a new track record of 1:58.69 in the 1-1/4-mile race. The win in that race also gave Donk and jockey Eddie Maple their first Arlington Million victories.
 
Awad also set a track record at Saratoga in 1997. While he fell short in the 1995 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, he came back in '97 to win the 1-1/2-mile race with Pat Day riding, and in the process, set a track record of 2:23.20, which still stands today.
 
Upon his retirement in 1999, Awad stood at stud at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland. Over time, he sired one stakes winner, Underbidder, and the multiple stakes-placed Arab Miss.
 
Then, in September 2006, he was pensioned to Old Friends, where he enjoyed his retirement in a paddock right outside of Blowen's home.
 
What makes his retirement at Old Friends an even better story is that he spent most of his time at Old Friends one paddock over from his old racing rival, Kiri's Clown.
 
Awad and Kiri's Clown. Their names are synonymous with greatness in horse racing.
 
They met a number of times in their racing careers, with two of their most notable times coming in the 1995 Sword Dancer, where Kiri got he better of Awad on that day. Then they met up again in the 1995 Arlington Million, where Awad ruled on that day.
 
Over the last few years, they enjoyed each other's company at Old Friends. For a long time they were in adjoining paddocks, where, every once in a while, you would see them running side-by-side once again down the length of their paddocks. You could only imagine what they might have been saying to each other as they had fun running together like they did in their youth.
 
"Gotcha that time old man," Awad might have been saying to Kiri.
 
"Yeah, well, you just wait till next time old dude," Kiri might have been replying.
 
Who knows what they might have been saying, but you could tell they were having fun all the same.
 
Early last year, Kiri was moved toward the front of the farm into a paddock diagonal to Awad's paddock, and almost every day you would see the two meeting up with each other at the corner of their paddocks, looking across at each other and having "a conversation." They always seemed to enjoy each other's company.
 
However, today, Saturday, July 23, 2011, their journey together came to an end, as Awad passed away in the early morning hours. He was found in the corner of his paddock, the one closest to Kiri, his long-time friend.
 
Their final race on earth is now over. Still, as nature takes its course, someday Kiri will pass as well, and you can be sure it will be Awad at the front of the line waiting for his friend to arrive. There, the two of them will meet up once again in the longest, greenest pastures ever, and they will get to race each other to their heart's content for all eternity.
 
Rest in Peace Awad. We will miss you very much.

Obit from press release:
Millionaire and four-time GR 1 winner Awad has died.

The 21-year-old stallion was discovered early this morning in his paddock at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, where he has been pensioned since 2006.

According to veterinarian Dr.Douglas Byars and Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen, the cause of death was a sudden heart attack, but a full necropsy is currently underway at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington. The hard-knocking son of Caveat, Awad raced for seven seasons as a homebred for Maryland's Ryehill Farm, capturing 14 of his 70 starts. His career earnings totaled $3,270,131. Awad's first GR1 win came in the 1993 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International, which would prove to be a lucky course for the Maryland bred throughout his career. In 1995 he captured the GR1 Arlington Million in record time, 1:58.69, shav ing one-fifth of a second off the course mark set by Perrault in 1982. With the win he not only gave trainer David Donk and jockey Eddie Maple their first Million triumphs, he also became the first horse to ever win both of those GR1 turf events at Arlington.

That year also saw Awad win the GR1 Manhattan Handicap and the GR2 Pan American Handicap.

Awad fell short in his bid to win the 1995 Sword Dancer at Saratoga, losing to his Old Friend’s paddock mate, Kiri’s Clown. But he bounced back in 97, taking the mile-and-a-half with Pat Day aboard and setting a track record of 2:23.20, a record he still held at the time of his death. Awad entered stud at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland in 1999 where he sired one stakes winner, Underbidder, and the multiple stakes-placed Arab Miss. He was a great horse, he had a tremendous impact on everyone, said trainer Donk today from his barn at Saratoga.

He got the best care of his life while at Old Friends, and we’re so glad we got visit him there last year. “It’s  been an honor to be associated with a such a champion as Awad," said Blowen. “He was a favorite at the farm and a favorite of so many of the visiting fans. He will be sorely missed.”

History:
Of his 70 starts, he finished in the money 50 percent of the time, earning $3,270,131. His most prestigious wins include the 1993 Secretariat Stakes (G1) and the 1995 Arlington Million (G1), the latter giving trainer David Donk and jockey Eddie Maple their first Million triumph. Awad set a new Arlington Million track record, running the 1 1/4 miles in a blistering 1:58.69.

That year also saw Awad win the Manhattan Handicap (G1) and the Pan American Handicap (G2). Awad fell just short in his bid to win the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap in 1995, when his powerful stretch run was held off by his Old Friends paddock neighbor, Kiri’s Clown. He bounced back in 1997 though, winning the Sword Dancer with Pat Day aboard in a track record time of 2:23.20 for 1 1/2 miles.

Awad arrived at Old Friends in September 2006 and wowed his visitors with his good looks and lively antics.

Stats: 
Bred in MD by Ryehill Farm. Foaled January 25, 1990
70 Starts, 14 Wins, 10 Places, 11 Shows. Career Earnings: $3,270,131

Racing Owner: Ryehill Farm    Trainer: David Donk    Jockeys: Eddie Maple, Pat Day, Richard Migliore, Chris McCarron, others

Biggest wins: Secretariat S (G1) 1993, Pan American H (G2) 1995, Manhattan (G1) 1995, Arlington Million (G1) 1995, Sword Dancer S (G1) 1997

Other important races: Narrowly beaten by Kiri's Clown in record-setting Sword Dancer S in 1995

Speed Records: Track record 1 1/4 m at Arlington in 1:58 3/5 (the only Arlington Million ever run in under 2 minutes). Track record 1 1/2 m Sword Dancer (Belmont) 1997

Additional remarks: Rejoined his old rival Kiri's Clown at Old Friends. Awad also competed against Fraise.

At Stud:
Retired from stud at Castle Rock Farm, PA 2006   Sired Underbidder (Gladstone Hurdle S) and Arab Miss (stakes-placed)

Joined Old Friends Sept. 2006

CAVEAT
dkbbr 1980
CANNONADE
b 1971
BOLD BIDDER
b 1962
BOLD RULER
HIGH BID
QUEEN SUCREE
b 1966
RIBOT
COSMAH
COLD HEARTED
b 1974
THE AXE II
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MAHMOUD
BLACKBALL
TURN TO NORTH
b 1965
TURN-TO
BRIDLE WAY
DANCER'S CANDY
b 1983
NOBLE DANCER
b 1972
PRINCE DE GALLES
br 1966
WELSH ABBOT
VAUCHELLOR
HELEN TRAUBEL
b 1962
SING SING
ROSE PETAL
ENGLISH TOFFEE
b 1963
SISTERS PRINCE
b 1955
PRINCEQUILLO
HONEYS SISTER
SCHIMBO
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IMBROS
SCHATZI
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