11/22/2010 2:15PM

British stallion Cadeaux Genereux dies at 25


Cadeaux Genereux, a major stallion in Britain whose foals included Breeders’ Cup winner Donativum, died on Nov. 18 at age 25.

The pensioned sire of seven Group 1 winners, Cadeaux Genereux apparently died in his sleep at the farm where he had stood since 1990, Whitsbury Stud in Hampshire, England, according to Racing Post.

Cadeaux Genereux was by Young Generation out of the Sharpen Up mare Smarten Up. He won 7 of 15 races, including the Group 1 July Cup and William Hill Sprint Championship, and was Europe’s champion sprinter twice, in 1988 and 1989.

His most notable North American runners in recent years were Donativum and Touch of the Blues. Donativum won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf before becoming a Group 2-placed runner in Europe. Well-traveled Touch of the Blues won Canada’s Grade 1 Atto Mile in 2003, placed in five other Grade 1 races in the U.S., and set a one-mile course record at Del Mar, also in 2003, in 1:32.22.

Cadeaux Genereux’s other Group 1 winners are Bahamian Bounty, Embassy, Toylsome, Bijou d’Inde, Hoh Magic, and May Ball. He sired numerous other group performers among his 62 lifetime stakes-winners so far. He’s also the broodmare sire of multiple Group 1 winner Notnowcato, out of Rambling Rose; and Group 1 winners Rajeem, out of Magic Sister, and Dream Ahead, out of Land of Dreams.