10/13/2014 3:31PM

Belmont Stakes winner Jazil dies in paddock accident

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Belmont winner Jazil died on Saturday at age 11 after a paddock accident at Shadwell Farm.

Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a paddock accident at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he stood at stud. The Seeking the Gold horse was 11.

Jazil was bred in Kentucky by Skara Glen Stables and was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Co. for $725,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale. He won his maiden in his third start as a 2-year-old, and found himself on the Triple Crown trail the following year after finishing second to Bob and John in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial. His deep-closing style earned him a dead-heat fourth-place finish behind Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

In the Belmont, Jazil moved from last of 12 after a half-mile to the front of the pack at the quarter pole, and fought off Bluegrass Cat to win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Fernando Jara.

The Belmont was the final start of Jazil’s 3-year-old campaign after he was found to have suffered a bruised cannon bone in the race. He returned for a brief campaign at age 4, but was retired after three starts.

Jazil finished his on-track career with 2 wins in 11 starts for earnings of $890,532. He was trained throughout his career by Kiaran McLaughlin.

Subsequent success by Jazil's siblings helped his dam, the Grade 2-winning Deputy Minister mare Better Than Honour, receive Broodmare of the Year honors in 2007. Jazil's half-sister, the A.P. Indy filly Rags to Riches, won the 2007 Belmont, and half-brother Casino Drive won the Grade 2 Peter Pan a year later. Another half-brother, Man of Iron, won the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

Jazil retired to Shadwell for the 2008 breeding season. He has sired four crops of racing age, with 51 winners and over $3 million in progeny earnings. His top domestic runners include Grade 3-placed stakes winner Najjaar, stakes winner Farhaan, and Grade 3-placed Jasizzle. He also had success as a shuttle stallion with several stakes winners abroad.

Jazil stood for an advertised fee of $4,000 during the 2014 breeding season.

“It is a tragic loss, a sad day for all of us at Shadwell,” said Shadwell Vice President Rick Nichols. “Jazil was a wonderful horse to be around.  He gave us many great memories from his thrilling stretch runs when he would launch an amazing finish from far back. Jazil will be greatly missed.”