06/29/2010 11:00PM

With Approval dies at age 24


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Canada's 1989 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner With Approval has died in England at age 24, Lanwades Stud near Newmarket announced June 22.

The farm, which had stood the Caro horse since 2006, issued a release saying the horse had died on June 21 but did not identify a cause of death.

With Approval won both his starts at 2 but shot to stardom in his 3-year-old season in 1989. He won five stakes that season, including the Canadian Triple Crown - the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes, and Breeders' Stakes - to clinch Canada's 3-year-old championship and Horse of the Year title.

In the United States, the Kinghaven Farms homebred set a world record of 2:10.20 seconds for a mile and three-eighths in winning the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap in 1990, a record that still stands. The same season, he also won the Tidal Handicap and placed in four U.S. Grade 1 events. He finished second in In the Wings's Breeders' Cup Turf, in Golden Pheasant's Arlington Million, and in El Senor's Sword Dancer Handicap. He also finished third behind Cacoethes in the Turf Classic.

He retired with 13 wins from 23 lifetime starts and $2,863,540 in earnings.

With Approval stood at Live Oak Farm in Florida and Brookdale Farm in Kentucky before shipping to Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud for the 2006 breeding season. He is the sire of Canadian champion Talkin Man, Italian champion Sajana, Panamanian Horse of the Year Just Approval, and such multiple graded winners as Lasting Approval, Silverfoot, and T. H. Approval.

With Approval was out of the Buckpasser mare Passing Mood, who was named Broodmare of the Year in 1989. She also is the dam of Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, With Approval's half-brother by Deputy Minister.