10/13/2014 3:31PM

Belmont Stakes winner Jazil dies in paddock accident

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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.”

Nona VanDamme More than 1 year ago
Little Z Princess died in a paddock accident, no explanation. She was 6 months old. I remember Jazil in the KD with Barbaro, Brother Derek, Just dont forget a name like his!! recent Death of Cigar, then Z Princess and Jazil :( R I P Jazil. I recall St. Liam died of injuries on shed row I believe, he reared up, fell over backwards, and broke his hip. Great horse, HOY in 2008? Condolences to Jazil's connections and his owner.
Jerome More than 1 year ago
So, what happened?? "Paddock accident" is no kind of explanation.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Just goes to show that these animals can die anywhere. Even with all the care they get at a stud farm surrounded by the most professional staff . Its a numbers and percentages game just like a certain % of people will die in an accident every year..horses too die.and sometimes it happens on the track which is very sad for all involved but it happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May Jazil rest now, with thanks from racing fans.
B More than 1 year ago
When I read the headline, I wondered why the name sounded familiar. Barely remember him. I think there are a few Belmont winners in recent years that will or have already fallen into that forgotten category with a little time. A shame. A historically great race that sometimes in recent times is just a field of leftovers due to the rigors or the Derby & Preakness along with the current unpopularity of the distance.
Andrew More than 1 year ago
You barely remember him B because you were too busy only following the horse that won' the derby as usual. There was not a triple crown on the line so you didn't watch, you are a fair weather fan.
mike More than 1 year ago
Andrew,exactly! He's not a real fan at all. Insult to the horses that knock their brains out running.
Scot Morley More than 1 year ago
The race everyone forgot about because of the tragic race three weeks before with Barbaro. Truth be told Jazil's, Belmont win was a powerful race he was much closer than usual and sustained a long bid to win going away. RIP You truly were a brilliant horse.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Here Here.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Tragic. But 2 wins in 11 starts hardly screams brilliant. He won a Triple Crown race where the Derby and Preakness winner didn't run. And nothings gonna bring him back.
DJ More than 1 year ago
Innnnnnnnsurance!
m More than 1 year ago
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrright b/c the sheik is broke??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something is fishy here. Investigate please
Crystal David More than 1 year ago
Oh go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
...already gone! WHOOSH! :-)
mike More than 1 year ago
Can't believe it,very sad.
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
Way too young.....so very sad. I always wanted to stop in and see him but never did.