PATTON 1991-2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

PATTON 1991 - 2014
Lord At War (ARG) out of Slew Me Down by Seattle Slew

Patton © Rick Capone

January 6, 2014 - Patton, a stakes-winning son of Lord at War and a retiree at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, was euthanized at Hagyard's Equine Medical Institute January 5th.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today.

The 23 year-old-stallion had been at the clinic for several days undergoing diagnostic and medical care. He was beset with a variety of medical issues that severely impacted his present and future quality of life.

"We're extremely grateful to Dr. Kathy MacGillivray and to Dr. Gina Tranquillo for their kind concern for Patton's welfare," said Blowen in a statement.

Patton (Lord at War (ARG) - Slew Me Down, by Seattle Slew) was campaigned by Skip Away trainer Sonny Hine and won six of his 18 starts, including the GR 2 Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream Park in 1996. His track earnings totaled $237,462.

Entering stud in 1997, Patton sired Precisionist Stakes winner Patton's Victory, bred by Brereton Jones, and millionaire Kelly's Landing.

"Patton should have been named Gandhi," added Blowen. "He was one of the kindest stallions we've ever had at Old Friends. Like so many of his predecessors, he is irreplaceable. We are just grateful that he let us take care of him in his later years."

When Patton won his first start as a two year old, the steward’s remark was simply: "Impressive." At three, Patton continued to impress, winning the William Thompson Stakes at the Meadowlands at a mile on the dirt, and placing in other stakes races at three and four.

At five he achieved his biggest win in the Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Spring (G2).

In all, the bay son of Lord At War won 6 of his 18 starts and hit the board another 6 times under jockeys Rene Douglas, Robbie Davis and Jose Santos, conditioned by Hubert Hine. His track earnings totaled $237,462.

Entering stud in 1997, Patton sired Precisionist Stakes winner Patton’s Victory bred by Brereton C. Jones and $1,853,831 winner Kelly’s Landing. Old Friends is grateful to Brereton C. Jones for enabling the exceptionally un-warlike, sweet-natured stallion’s retirement to Old Friends.

Trivia: Patton raced against You And I and Afternoon Deelites, later his near paddock neighbors at Old Friends.