07/02/2016 8:19PM

Champion sprinter Cherokee Run dies at 26


Champion sprinter Cherokee Run, who went on to sire a pair of champions, has been euthanized due to declining health in his advanced age. Cherokee Run, a son of Runaway Groom, was 26.

Cherokee Run entered stud at Jonabell Farm, which was then owned by the Bell family, in 1996, and became a Darley stallion after the facility was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed in 2001. The stallion continued to call the Darley stallion barn home after being pensioned in the fall of 2009, residing alongside fellow pensioners Holy Bull (25) and Quiet American (30).

“Cherokee Run was certainly a significant stallion at Jonabell in the 90s and early 2000s, but he also played a meaningful role in the farm’s transition when Sheikh Mohammed established Darley here in Lexington in 2001,” Godolphin president Jimmy Bell said. “He was a fierce competitor on the track, a real favorite in the barn, and a wonderful link to [on-track owner Mac Robinson’s] family.”

Florida-bred Cherokee Run won the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint to lock up a divisional Eclipse Award that season. In total, he won or placed in 15 graded stakes, successfully stretching out to finish second in the 1993 Preakness Stakes, and finishing second in the Metropolitan Handicap and third in the Carter Handicap, both historic New York races. During his championship season. he earned more than $1.5 million.

As a stallion, Cherokee Run is represented by 53 stakes winners, led by dual Grade 1 winner and 1999 champion juvenile filly Chilukki; and 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and divisional champion War Pass.

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