03/04/2011 3:44PM

Arch's dam Aurora dies

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Aurora, the dam of Blame’s sire Arch, died Thursday at age 23 after foaling an Empire Maker filly.

According to an announcement by Middlebrook Farm in Lexington, the stakes-winning Danzig mare appeared to be in good condition after “an uneventful delivery.” After a satisfactory post-foaling examination, Aurora was turned out with her foal in a paddock but died several hours later of a suspected hemorrhage of the uterine artery.

Helen Groves, Helen Alexander, and David Aykroyd bred Aurora from their 1983 champion juvenile filly Althea. Unraced at 2, she won the 1992 Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap in her 3-year-old campaign and finished second in the Grade 3 Beaugay Handicap the following season. She also ran second in the 1991 Squander Stakes. Aurora earned $285,236.

the Kris S. horse Arch, now a sire at Claiborne Farm, was her first foal. He won the Grade 1 Super Derby and set a track record in Keeneland’s Grade 3 Fayette Stakes in 1998. Aurora also produced Grade 1 winner and millionaire Acoma, an Empire Maker mare; Alisios, a stakes-winning full brother to Arch who died in 2010; Festival of Light, the United Arab Emirates’ 2001 Horse of the Year; and stakes-placed Aztec Pearl.

In addition to the newborn Empire maker filly, Aurora also is the dam of the 2-year-old Dynaformer filly Arania, who has yet to start.

Aurora will be buried at Middlebrook.