06/16/2005 11:00PM

Blues and Royals dead


Blues and Royals, Godolphin's superb UAE Derby winner who failed to make it to the Kentucky Derby because of a respiratory infection, was euthanized June 10 after a bout with colitis.

Godolphin's New York trainer, Richard Mettee, confirmed a report that had appeared on the Godolphin website, saying "complications arose from Blues and Royals' colitis condition. He was put down last Friday."

A 3-year-old colt by Honour and Glory, Blues and Royals was bred in Kentucky by Cheryl Curtin. A $400,000 purchase at Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2003, he was trained by Saeed bin Suroor to a six-furlong maiden victory at York from three starts in England as a 2-year-old before winning the 1 1/8-mile Group 2 UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba by 12 lengths. On April 18 Godolphin announced that Blues and Royals had developed a low-grade respiratory ailment, and he never returned to training.

Blues and Royals won 2 races from 4 career starts for earnings of $1,216,980.