01/18/2007 1:00AM

Ceriani, Argentine breeder, dies


Hernan Ceriani, a prominent Argentine owner and breeder who owned the Haras La Quebrada stud farm, died Jan. 17 after an undisclosed illness. He was 73.

Ceriani was one of the South American Thoroughbred industry's leaders. He was a founder of Argentina's version of the Breeders' Cup and also stood some of the country's leading sires, most notably Mutakddim and Southern Halo. Haras La Quebrada has so far bred more than 170 Grade 1 winners in Argentina and abroad.

In addition to Mutakddim and Southern Halo, Haras La Quebrada's stallion roster also has included Luhuk, Indygo Shiner, Dance Brightly, High Yield, and Salt Lake.

Ceriani's death was announced in the United States by Hill 'n' Dale Farms owner John Sikura.

"I enjoyed a great personal and professional relationship with Mr. Ceriani," Sikura said. "His belief that Mutakddim could be a leading sire in Argentina was realized under his great care. . . . The industry has lost a great visionary."