FLYING PIDGEON 1981-2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

FLYING PIDGEON
Photo by Rick Capone 11/08

Miss Minnesota by Minnesota Mac  1981 - 2008 

Obit:  Dec. 5, 2008:  This morning the people of Old Friends said farewell to a dear friend, millionaire Flying Pidgeon.  Flying Pidgeon, winner of the Grade One Hollywood Invitational and member of the Calder Hall of Fame, was humanely euthanized this morning at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Georgetown, Kentucky due to the infirmaties of old age.  The 27-year-old son of Upper Case out of Miss Minnesota was retired to Old Friends by Jane White and the Flying Pidgeon Syndicate in October, 2006.

Flying Pidgeon won or placed 23 stakes, 18 of them graded, in 56 lifetime starts and earned $1,154,337.

"Yesterday, Flying Pidgeon was resting in the late afternoon sun," said Old Friends founder, Michael Blowen. "When we went to put him up for the night, he wouldn't get up. Within minutes, Dr. Doug Byars was here administering steroids to help the old guy. By this morning it was clear that Pidge was telling us it was his time."

FLYING PIDGEONHistory:  (Original Press Release) Millionaire Flying Pidgeon, winner of the G1 Hollywood Invitational H.,  Florida turf champion and member of the Calder Hall of Fame, has retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, KY where he will be happy to greet his many fans.  
Flying Pidgeon went on to win or place in 23 stakes, 18 of them graded, in 56 lifetime starts to age 6, establishing a new course record on the turf at 1 1/2 miles in  2:25 4/5 along the way.  His illustrious career included wins in the G2 W.L. McKnight H. twice, G2 Bougainvillea H. twice, and placings in the G1 Arlington Million, Bowling Green H,, Hialeah Turf Cup, Pan American H., and Sunset H.  He defeated such outstanding runners as Crème Fraiche,  Dahar and Strawberry Road. The Flying Pidgeon Handicap is run in his honor at Calder every year.

Flying Pidgeon is the sire of 13 stakes horses, including graded winners Dancing Rhythm  (G3) and Hebreo Japones (G1 in D.R.), graded stakes-placed winners Flying American ($374,502) and Pidgeon’s Promise ($200,219), stakes winner Joey Blueeyes ($280,012), stakes-placed Cameron Be Good ($82,255) and 2yo stakes winners Air Mike and Flying to Maketime.  He moved to Pennsylvania in 1998 from Florida and stood his final 2006 season at C & R Horse Farm in Milmay, NJ. He has sired some horses that show jump.

Flying Pidgeon’s young daughters are proving to be excellent broodmares. Many have produced stakes winners, including 2yo SW No Beans, graded placed  Sigfreto ($526,330) and SW winner Diggy Fresh. 
 
Flying Pidgeon, son of Florida Derby and Wood Memorial stakes winner Upper Case out of the Minnesota Mac winning mare Miss Minnesota, owns a pedigree sporting the blood of some of the greatest racehorses of all time: Round Table, Bold Ruler, Rough’n Tumble, and Gallant Man. Millionaire Flying Pidgeon, winner of the G1 Hollywood Invitational H.,  Florida turf champion and member of the Calder Hall of Fame, has retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, KY where he will be happy to greet his many fans.  

Race Record:
  • 56 Starts, 12 Wins, 9 Places, 13 Shows - Career Earnings: $1,154,337
  • At 3: WON Hurricane H., 3RD Louisiana Downs H. (G3), Thanksgiving Day H., Delray S., Needles S.
  • At 4: WON Camden H., W.L. McKnight H. (G2), Bougainvillea H. (G2); 2ND Bowling Green H. (G1), Hialeah Turf Cup (G1), Hurricane H.; 3RD Arlington Million (G1), Louisiana Downs H. (G3), Tidal H. (G2)
  • At 5: WON Hollywood Inv. H. (G1), W.L. McKnight H. (G2), Bougainvillea H. (G2); 2ND Canadian Turf H. (G2); 3RD Pan American H. (G1), Sunset H. (G1)
  • At 6: 2ND W.L. McKnight H. (G2), Bougainvillea H. (G2); 3RD Mutual Savings Gold Cup

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