04/05/2013 5:10PM

California stallion Michael’s Flyer dies at 27


Michael’s  Flyer, a stakes-placed winner and pensioned stallion, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age April 4 at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif. He was 27.

A son of Flying Paster, Michael’s Flyer won four of 29 starts over four seasons and earned $117,087. He finished second in the 1992 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.

As a stallion, Michael’s Flyer sired 110 foals in 17 crops before being pensioned in 2010. Thirty of those were winners, led by four-time stakes winner Vaca City Flyer, who set a course record of :55.25 for five furlongs on turf at Golden Gate in 2006. He also sired stakes winners O. K. Mikie and Louisiana Lawyer. 

Bred in Kentucky by Allen E. Paulson, Michael’s Flyer was out of the Bold Bidder mare Dancing Bidder. He was a half-brother to champion and stakes producer Eliza, Grade 1 winner Dinard, and stakes winner Power Bidder.