12/20/2011 12:42PM

Bering, sired 77 stakes winners, dead at 28


Bering, a French-bred sire of 77 stakes winners who started his stud career in the United States, was euthanized on Dec. 16 at the French farm owned by his owner and breeder after suffering from equine lymphangitis, an infection of the lymphatic channels, according to the Racing Post. Bering was 28.

Bred and owned by Alec Head and trained by Head’s daughter, Criquette, Bering entered stud at Walmac International in Lexington, Ky., for a fee of $75,000 after being retired following a second-place finish in the 1986 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a race won by Dancing Brave. He was moved to the Head family’s Haras de Quesnay in 1992, returning to the farm where he was born.

Among his 77 lifetime stakes winners, Bering sired seven French champions, including Moiava, Vertical Speed, and Pennekamp.