03/18/2009 11:00PM

Arcangues, BC Classic winner, dead since 2006


Arcangues, a French champion and winner of the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic at record odds of 133-1, has died after foundering, according to the Japan Racing Association.

A JRA spokesman, Yutaka Yokoyama, said that the horse was last active as a stallion in 2006 at the Aomori-ken Keiba Bokujo, or Aomori Prefecture Racing Farm, where he died. The JRA said Arcangues died in October 2006 when he would have been 18.

Jockey Club information lists his last registered foal as Cosmo Prince, a 2005 Japanese-bred colt out of Aiai Princess, who was winless in six starts at 3 last year.

Arcangues is best known in the United States for his half-length defeat of Bertrando in the Classic, but he also was a highly accomplished runner in his native France. He was champion older horse there in 1993 at age 5, when he won the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan after finishing second in the race in 1992. He won a pair of Group 2 events, the Prix Eugene Adam in 1991 and the Prix du Prince d'Orange in 1992, and had four other group placings in his career there.

Campaigned by Daniel Wildenstein, Arcangues remained in the States with Richard Mandella after his Breeders' Cup Classic score. He went on to capture the Grade 2 John Henry Handicap on turf in 1994 as a 6-year-old.

Arcangues entered stud in Japan in 1995 for new owner Kazuo Nakamura. His most notably foal was Japanese stakes winner Ar Alan, winner of two stakes in 2002.