2/1/13 From Michael:
If I'd written this yesterday, like I was supposed to do, it would be a much happier update.
We lost Marquetry this morning. He was humanely euthanized after injuring himself in a freakish stall accident. We await the results of the necropsy. But that is not, of course, what really matters. Selfishly, I can say that I lost one of by best friends as did anyone who ever had the good fortune to lay eyes on one of the most magnicent Thoroughbreds who ever lived.
I like, to one degree or another, all of our retirees. But I only truly love a few and Marquetry is at the top of the list. I apologize, in advance, for this sort of self-indulgence but Marquetry was a very, very special friend.
After spending each day in his paddock, directly in front of the house so we could appreciate the view, he'd greet Reymundo at the gate at 4 p.m. sharp. He'd prance up the driveway, walk through the barn door and into his stall where fresh hay, feed and carrots awaited him. If there were not enough carrots, he'd shoot us a look and neigh. He knew what he wanted and when he wanted it but he was never rude. His majesty is difficult to capture in words. But photographs taken by Barbara Livingston, Anne Eberhardt Keogh, Matt Wooley and Rick Capone all provide testimony to his brilliance.
It's funny how these things happen but just the other day, as I was cutting his carrots on the bench in the barn, I looked over at him and thought it would be great if Bobby Frankel could come back for just a few seconds to see how wonderful everything worked out.
But Marquetry was, as we all are, mortal. But for many years he had me fooled. We have, and will, retire many great horses. But none will ever take his place. I can promise you that. Thanks to all of you...our old friends..who are always there when we need you most.
Marquetry, a GR1 winner and top sire, died today at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.
The 26-year-old stallion was humanely euthanized after an accident in his stall. Veterinarians from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute attended to him, and a full necropsy report is expected in a few days.
Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, made the announcement this afternoon.
Marquetry, by 1982 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo out of the Vice Regent mare Regent’s Walk, won 10 of 36 career starts and retired with earnings of $2,857,886. He was a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf, registering victories in the 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (G1), 1992 Eddie Read Handicap (G1), and 1993 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (G1).
He is the sire of Breeders’ Cup winners and Eclipse sprint champions Artax (1999) and Squirtle Squirt (2001).
The flashy chestnut retired at age six to Ben. P. Walden Jr.’s Vinery near Midway, KY, but subsequently stood at Stonewall Farms’s Ocala, Florida division where he was pensioned in 2010 due to declining fertility.
“We have, and will, retire many great horses,” said Blowen. “But none will ever take his place. If there is just a glimmer of good in all this it is that [assistant farm manager] Kent Ralstin discovered his injury early and, because of his quick thinking, Marquetry didn't suffer.”
Bred and raced by Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky, Marquetry first competed in England. Trained by Guy Harwood, he showed promise as a two and three year old. Returning to America, he really started making history.
Saddled by Bobby Frankel, he won the 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), New England Classic, the 1992 Eddie Read H (G1), and the 1993 Meadowlands H (G1), San Antonio H (G2), Mervyn LeRoy H (G2) and Bel Air H (G2) for total earnings of $2,857,886 on both dirt and turf.
Retiring to stud in 1994, he stood at the Vinery in Midway, Kentucky and later, Stonewall Farm in Versailles, and Stonewall Farm in Ocala, Florida. He distinguished himself yet again through two Breeders’ Cup Sprint winning sons and Eclipse Award Champion Sprinters, Artax in 1999 and Squirtle Squirt in 2001.
In 2010 he retired from stud due to declining fertility. Old Friends is grateful to Stonewall Stallions for donating Marquetry, who joined our roster of champions in the summer of 2010.
Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms
State Bred: KY
Winnings: 36 Starts: 10 - 9 - 4, $2,857,886
At 2: 2nd Washington Singer S.(Eng.)
At 4: Won Hollywood Gold Cup, New England Classic S. 2nd Goodwood H., John Henry H. 3rd Californian S.
At 5: Won Eddie Read H. 2nd Hollywood Gold Cup, John Henry H. 3rd Goodwood H., Mervyn LeRoy H.
At 6: Won Meadowlands H., Bel Air H., Mervyn LeRoy H., San Antonio H. 2nd Hawthorne Gold Cup H., San Pasqual H. 3rd San Bernardino H.
Family number is TB-11F
At stud: Vinery/KY 1994-2004; Hill 'n' Dale/KY 2005; Stonewall Farm/KY 2006-09; Stonewall Farm/FL 2010. Retired from stud duty due to declining fertility in May 2010; relocated to Old Friends Retirement Farm, Georgetown, KY in June 2010. (courtesy pedigreequery.com)