09/02/2015 1:01PM

California stallion Sought After dies from laminitis at 15


Sought After, the sire of Grade 1 winner Masochistic, was euthanized after developing severe laminitis in both front legs.

The 15-year-old son of Seeking the Gold last stood at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif., where he was advertised in 2015 for a fee of $2,000.

Sought After is the sire of 10 crops of racing age, with 48 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $2.6 million. In addition to Masochistic, winner of the 2015 Triple Bend Handicap and Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes, he is the sire of Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Control Seeker.

Bred in Kentucky by B. Wayne Hughes, the unraced Sought After is out of the French Group 2-winning Danzig mare Smolensk, whose seven winners from nine foals to race include Grade 3 winner Can the Man and stakes winner Martha’s Moon.

His second dam is Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, the dam of 2007 Broodmare of the year Better Than Honour, making Sought After from the family of runners including champion Rags to Riches, Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Man of Iron, and Grade 2 winner Casino Drive. Other branches of the female family feature Irish classic winner Peeping Fawn Grade/Group 1 winners Streaming and Thewayyouare, Group 2 winner Super Desejada, and Group 3 winner Turnberry Isle.