KIRI'S CLOWN 1989-2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

KIRI'S CLOWN 1989-2014  

Foolish Pleasure - Kiri (GB), by Kris (GB) | 1989 Horse - (View Pedigree)

Kiri's Clown 1989-2014

Obit from press release:
Millionaire and grade 1 winner Kiri's Clown has died. The 25-year-old stallion, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY since 2006, was euthanized December 22 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after complications following colic surgery.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the sorrowful announcement this morning.

The son of Kentucky Derby Champion Foolish Pleasure, out of the Kris mare Kiri, Kiri's Clown was one of Old Friends's flagship retirees. He was donated to the farm by owners Bob and Mary Sullivan and was soon paddocked next to his old track rival Awad. The two faced off in several editions of the grade 1 Sword Dancer with Kiri's Clown claiming victory by a neck in 1995 when he set a track record on the Saratoga Oval.

Trained by Phil Johnson and ridden by Mike Luzzi, Jean Cruguet and others, Kiri's Clown raced for six seasons. His wins include the grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct as well as back-to-back editions of the grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park in 1994 and 1995, where he set a course record each time.

In 62 starts the dark bay stallion had 16 wins and careers earnings of $1,005,469.

Kiri's Clown stood stud for nine seasons at various farms in Kentucky before retiring from the breeding shed in 2006. His daughter, Foolish Gal, produced the grade 1 winner Get Stormy.

"I like all of our retirees, but there are a handful that I love. I loved Kiri," said Blowen. "I'll never forget the day he set the track record in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga in 1995 where I couldn't get a seat.

"He was very intelligent and had the good fortune to be bred, raced, owned and retired by Mary Sullivan," Blowen added. "We appreciate Dr. Scott Hopper and everyone at Rood and Riddle for doing their best to extend Kiri's quality of life."

Kiri’s Clown sports an impressive racing record on the turf, earning more than $1 million. This 17-year-old son of Foolish Pleasure set a course record at Saratoga Race Course for 1 1/2 miles while winning the 1995 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (G1) in a stretch battle with fellow Old Friends resident Awad, and setting a track record of 2:25.45.  He finished second in the Sword Dancer in both 1994 and 1996.  Kiri also won back-to-back editions of the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap (G3) at Rockingham Park in 1994 and 1995, setting a course record each time, and the 1994 Knickerbocker Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct.

One of the many exciting highlights of his career was his rivalry with Old Friends fellow resident, Awad.  Kiri won his earliest victories with Hall of Fame jockey Jean Cruget up, who was also the rider of Seattle Slew.
Kiri’s Clown was donated to Old Friends by owners Bob and Mary Sullivan who continue to visit and generously support him.

Some stats:
Bred in FL by Gardner F. Landon & Mary A. Sullivan. Foaled April 11, 1989
62 Starts, 16 Wins, 6 Places, 8 Shows. Career Earnings: $1,005,469

Racing Owners: Cobble View & Sulimar
Trainers: P. G. Johnson
Jockeys: Jean Cruguet, M. J. Luzzi, others

Biggest wins: Sword Dancer S (G1) at Saratoga 1995, New Hampshire Sweeps (G3) at Rockingham Park 1994 and 1995, Knickerbocker S (G3) at Aqueduct 1994, Belmont BCH (G3) 1996

Other notable races: 2nd in the Sword Dancer S (G1) at Saratoga 1994, 3rd (to his fiercest rival, Awad) in the Manhattan S (G1) at Belmont 1995, 3rd again in the Manhattan (G1) in 1996, 2nd Ft. Marcy H (G3) at Aqueduct 1993, 3rd Hill Prince H (G3) Belmont 1992

Besides his rivalry with Awad, Kiri's Clown competed against Fraise in the Man O'War S (G1) at Belmont in 1994
Joined Old Friends August 2006          

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