10/23/2011 3:12PM

Castleton Lyons stallion Bernstein euthanized at age 14

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Castleton Lyons announced Sunday that the farm’s 14-year-old stallion Bernstein had been euthanized due to complications from colic.

A  Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat out of the Affirmed mare La Affirmed, Bernstein was purchased for $925,000 as a weanling and raced for Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier. Bernstein raced in Europe for two seasons with trainer Aidan O’Brien, winning the Group 3 Railway Stakes at the Curragh as a 2-year-old and the listed Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot at 3.

As a stallion, Bernstein shuttled between the United States and Argentina early in his career. He sired 70 stakes winners and has progeny earnings of more than $33 million. He stood at Castleton Lyons in Lexington, Ky. for a $20,000 fee  in 2011.

“Today is a very sad day for all of us on the farm as Bernstein was a very special stallion that in an all too brief career at stud has sired top class horses throughout the world, said Shane Ryan, president of Castleton Lyons.”