09/04/2003 11:00PM

Allen's Prospect dead at 21

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Popular Maryland stallion Allen's Prospect, the nation's leading sire in wins from 1999-2002, died Sept. 3. A 21-year-old Mr. Prospector horse, he was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton equine hospital after developing complications from surgery to remove a tumor from his jaw.

Allen's Prospect was second behind Not for Love on Maryland's general sire list at the time of his death, with $2,277,548 in progeny earnings.

The horse had surgery on Aug. 26 and appeared to be recovering well, according to Josh Pons, manager of Country Life Farm in Maryland, where Allen's Prospect stood during his 17-year breeding career. But the horse later lost coordination in his hind end, causing him to fall and crack a rib. That injury made breathing difficult for him, Pons said, and the farm ultimately decided the stallion should not be allowed to suffer.