04/24/2013 12:56PM

Colonial Affair, 1993 Belmont winner, dies in Argentina

Benoit & Associates
Colonial Affair, shown above winning the 1993 Belmont Stakes, died on April 23 in Argentina at age 23.

Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair, who helped jockey Julie Krone make history in the classic, died in his stall the morning of April 23 at Haras El Paraiso in Capitan Sarmiento, Argentina, where he had stood for the last decade. The Pleasant Colony horse was 23.

Colonial Affair, trained by Scotty Schulhofer for Centennial Farm, won the Belmont Stakes in 1993 with future Hall of Fame jockey Krone aboard, making her the first female rider to win a Triple Crown event. He recorded three other graded stakes placings as a 3-year-old that season, including a runner-up effort against older horses in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Colonial Affair went on to a successful season in the handicap ranks in 1994, scoring Grade 1 victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Whitney Handicap and also winning the Grade 2 Excelsior Handicap. However, an injury sustained prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic prevented him from contesting that year's running at Churchill Downs. He retired with seven wins from 20 career starts for earnings of $1,635,228.

Retired to Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. in 1995, Colonial Affair also stood at Arrow Stud on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, before he was purchased by Haras El Paraiso and John Berendt of New York in 2003.

From 15 crops of racing age—including current juveniles—Colonial Affair sired 323 winners, including 21 stakes winners, for earnings of $18,960,942. His leading runners include Cafrune and Conocedor, both Group 1 winners in Argentina; Grade 2 winner Ubiquity; and Grade or Group 3 winners Bonus Pack, Lakenheath, Boston Party, and Nino Colonial.

Out of the Nijinsky II mare Snuggle, Colonial Affair was bred in Virginia by Herman Greenberg's Rutledge Farm, who sold him to Centennial Farm as a yearling for $100,000 at the 1991 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale.

scot More than 1 year ago
RIP To all 4 of those champs who just dies:(
Cris More than 1 year ago
"Died in his stall." Well that explains it.
Mike Rutledge More than 1 year ago
I had him in the Belmont I think he paid $47. I remember the owner said he thought Julie Krone moved to soon in the Peter Pan. I didn't agree.
Mary Turner More than 1 year ago
RIP Colonial Affair
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
At least Storm Cat lived to be an old man. The other to were relatively young.
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
damn Captain Steve, Colonial Affair, and Storm Cat in two days :(
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
At least we know! It is much to lose though.
scot More than 1 year ago
Very very sad...........