07/14/2014 4:20PM

Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Prized euthanized at Old Friends

Barbara Livingston
Prized, who was euthanized on Sunday at Old Friends, won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 1989 and is the broodmare sire of Untapable.

Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf and a pensioned sire, was euthanized Sunday at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., due to the infirmities of old age. The Kris S. horse was 28.

According to a release from Old Friends, Prized had been receiving care from Dr. Bryan Waldridge because of deteriorating mobility. His quality of life became severely compromised, and Waldridge and Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen determined that euthanasia was necessary.

“It’s always very, very sad when we lose a retiree at Old Friends, especially one as accomplished and adored as Prized,” Blowen said. “I know his owners felt privileged accepting his Breeders’ Cup trophy, but we felt the same way being honored as his caretakers these past few years. It’s something that can never be measured by statistics or money.”

Bred in Florida by Meadowbrook Farms, Prized was campaigned for the majority of his career by Meadowbrook and Clover Racing Stable, and trained by Neil Drysdale. The horse excelled on both dirt and turf, earning more than $1 million on both surfaces. He won six stakes races, four of them graded, and reached a career peak when taking the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park by a head over Sierra Roberta in his turf debut.

Overall, Prized won nine of 17 starts and earned $2,262,555. He also won the Grade 1 San Luis Rey Stakes on turf in 1990, and earned his top dirt win in the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes in 1989.

Prized stood at several farms from 1992 to 2010 before being pensioned. He sired 19 crops of racing age, and his progeny have won 39 stakes and earned over $31.3 million. His best runners were led by popular Grade 1 winner Brass Hat, Grade 2 winners Prized Stamp, Fun House, and Pisces, and English and German Group 2 winner Premio Loco, along with several Southern Hemisphere group stakes winners. 

Prized also made a continuing mark as a broodmare sire, as offspring of his daughters have bankrolled more than $36 million to date, headlined by Grade 1 winners Romance Is Diane and Paddy O’Prado and current division-leading 3-year-old filly Untapable.

Prized, who was out of the My Dad George mare My Turbulent Miss, was a full or half-sibling to four other stakes winners on the flat.

Chrys Walsh More than 1 year ago
We were Easy Goer fans back in the day, so I'll never forget how happy we were when Prized beat Sunday Silence!! Also how thrilled when he nabbed the Breeders Cup Turf! How amazingly versatile he as! So much more than most horses! After Easy Goer died prematurely, Prized became my very favorite modern thoroughbred! Although, I now think I love him more than Easy Goer, simply due to his versatility and longevity. He was also a very kind horse. I had the pleasure an thrill of meeting him at his farm in West Virginia in '08. He was so sweet, gentle, and peaceful. I got right up next to him and pet him - my friend took and awesome photo of me with him! I wish he could have lived just a few years longer. I wish I could have afforded a trip to Old Friends to meet him one last time....
mike More than 1 year ago
Very sorry to hear of this.
Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
The sad news was interrupted by blubbering and sharp intakes of breath. God has his 'PRIZED' thoroughbred. RIP my Man. Jersey Skip
Chrys Walsh More than 1 year ago
I'll miss this sweet fellow so much!
pathagan More than 1 year ago
I'll never forget being at Hollywood Park in 1989 when Prized shocked 1/5 favorite Sunday Silence in the Grade 2 Swaps. One of my favorite horses of all time. RIP champ.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
R.I.P., my old friend, you were one of the few I've ever caught in that race.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
RIP Prized, beautiful boy gave so many memories on the track. Condolences to all who loved this horse.