02/02/2004 12:00AM

Angel Fever dead at 14


Angel Fever, dam of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, died Friday after a paddock accident at Arthur Hancock III's Stone Farm, the farm announced Monday.

According to a statement issued by the farm, 14-year-old Angel Fever fractured her pelvis, severing a major artery. Angel Fever, a daughter of Danzig and the Halo mare Rowdy Angel, was in foal to Seeking the Gold.

Fusaichi Pegasus is the best known of Angel Fever's foals. A Mr. Prospector colt, he sold for $4 million to Fusao Sekiguchi at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale. After the Derby, he sold to Coolmore Stud for a record syndication value of about $60 million.

Angel Fever's other foals were also highly profitable for Hancock and his partner in the mare, Robert McNair. They sold Bless, a full sister to Fusaichi Pegasus in foal to Storm Cat, for $4 million at the 2002 Keeneland November sale. They also sold another full sister to Fusaichi Pegasus, Blissful, for $1 million as a weanling and an unnamed full brother to Fusaichi Pegasus for $1 million as a yearling.

Hancock and McNair bought Angel Fever, a full sister to Pine Bluff, for $525,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Hancock and McNair have retained one of Angel Fever's daughters, a 3-year-old Unbridled filly named Blithe. The mare's last foal is a yearling colt by Seeking the Gold.