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.