10/23/2008 12:00AM

Carr de Naskra euthanized at 27


Carr de Naskra, the 1984 Travers winner who had been pensioned from stud duty since 2001, was euthanized on Oct. 15. A son of Star de Naskra, he was 27.

Carr de Naskra had been living with 10 other retired horses at owner Virginia Kraft Payson's Florida farm near the Payson Park Training Center in Indiantown, Fla.

Carr de Naskra stood at Payson Stud near Paris, Ky., from 1994 to 2001. Farm manager Anna Colombo said Thursday that, during his retirement, the stallion had ongoing foot problems that were beginning to cause him pain.

"They did whatever they could to make him comfortable," she said. "But there was no point to put him through any suffering."

Colombo said Carr de Naskra has been buried at the Florida farm but that a stone would be placed in his memory at the Kentucky farm.

Carr de Naskra won the Jim Dandy and then the Travers in 1984 and finished second in the Grade 1 Marlboro Cup Invitational that year. Overall, he won 4 stakes and placed in 7 others, four of those Grade 1 events. He earned $831,672.

Bred by Robert Sansing, he was one of the first major runners for Payson, who first spotted his potential while he was a foal boarding at her Kentucky farm. She bought him for $43,000 at a Fasig-Tipton fall yearling sale.

Carr de Naskra is the sire of such graded stakes performers as L'Carriere, also a pensioner at Payson's Florida farm; Candid Cameron; Sir Richard Lewis; Tropicool; and Dazzle Me Jolie.

At his death he had progeny earnings of more than $23 million.