Updated on 09/17/2011 10:58AM

Aloma's Ruler dead at 24


Aloma's Ruler, winner of the 1982 Preakness Stakes, has died at the Illinois farm where he was pensioned, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. He was 24 and was found dead in his field on June 21, apparently of a heart attack, the newspaper reported.

Aloma's Ruler was the oldest living winner of the Preakness, following the death last month of the 1979 winner, Spectacular Bid. With Aloma's Ruler gone, the distinction now falls to the 1983 Preakness winner, Deputed Testamony, who stands at Bonita Stud in Maryland.

Aloma's Ruler, a son of Iron Ruler, was owned by Nathan Scherr and trained by John "Butch" Lenzini Jr. In his most important victory, he upset the prohibitive favorite, Linkage, who, like his conqueror that day, had bypassed the 1982 Derby in favor of the Preakness. Sent off at 6-1 under 16-year-old jockey Jack Kaenel, Aloma's Ruler set the pace and held off Linkage by a half-length.

Aloma's Ruler raced for just two seasons. At 2, he won a single stakes race, the Nutley at The Meadowlands. But at 3 he captured four: the Preakness, the Grade 2 Withers, the Jersey Derby, and the Bahamas Stakes. He also finished second in a pair of Grade 1 races, the Haskell and the Travers, and third in another, the Suburban. He closed out his career in the Travers, finishing behind Runaway Groom but ahead of the 1982 Belmont Stakes winner and eventual Horse of the Year, Conquistador Cielo.

Aloma's Ruler won seven of 13 lifetime starts, finishing second four times and third once. He earned $498,883.

His career at stud was less illustrious. From 18 crops to race, he has sired six stakes winners. The leading earner among those is Accession, who won the 1993 Pennsylvania Sprint Championship Handicap and earned more than $281,000.