05/07/2007 12:00AM

Chilukki dies after foaling


Chilukki, 1999 champion juvenile filly, died just before dawn Monday at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., after complications during foaling. She was 10.

Chilukki's Ghostzapper foal, a colt, also died, according to a statement issued Monday by Stonerside Stable.

Chilukki was the first champion that Stonerside owners Robert and Janice McNair campaigned. The McNairs purchased Chilukki, a Cherokee Run filly, for $875,000 at the 1999 Fasig-Tipton Calder select juvenile sale, where she had equaled the auction preview's fastest quarter-mile time of 21.20 seconds.

Stonerside's racing and bloodstock manager, John Adger, called Chilukki, "The first major horse for Stonerside and really put the stable on the map."

"We are so pleased that Churchill Downs decided to honor her with the Chilukki Stakes," Adger said. "It will be a lasting tribute to a great filly."

Trained by Bob Baffert, Chilukki went on to a championship season. Her seven victories at 2 included scores in the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf Stakes, both Grade 1, as well as the Grade 2 Sorrento and the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup and Debutante Stakes. She fell 1 1/4 lengths short of Cash Run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies that year, finishing second, but her early record earned her the divisional title and co-highweight among fillies on the Experimental Free Handicap.

By the time she retired, Chilukki had won 11 of 17 starts, including 9 stakes, and earned $1,201,828. In her career, she also set a pair of track records at Churchill Downs, covering 4 1/2 furlongs in 51 seconds in her debut and a mile in 1:33.57 in the Churchill Downs Distaff.

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Smiser West and Mr. and Mrs. Mack Miller, Chilukki was from champion sprinter Cherokee Run's first crop. She was out of the winner Song of Syria, by Damascus.

Chilukki produced four foals, all owned by Stonerside, though the stable has a partner in Chilukki's first foal, the Storm Cat winner Chubasco Cat, now at stud in Argentina. Her other foals are the 4-year-old filly Chilukki Cat, by Storm Cat, also a winner; her current 2-year-old, the A. P. Indy colt Sequoyah, who is due to ship this week to Baffert; and a yearling Elusive Quality filly.

Chilukki has been buried in her entirety in the Stonerside Stable cemetery in Paris, Ky., near Halory and Banker's Lady.