09/18/2012 11:35AM

Deputed Testamony, 1983 Preakness winner, dies at 32

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Deputed Testamony, shown after winning the 1983 Preakness, was the oldest living winner of a Triple Crown race when he died at 32.

Deputed Testamony, the 1983 Preakness winner who had been the oldest living Triple Crown race winner, died Tuesday morning at Bonita Farm in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reported. He was 32.

Deputed Testamony had been pensioned at the Darlington, Md., farm since 2004. Bonita Farm and Francis Sears bred and raced the son of Traffic Cop, and the farm’s J. William Boniface trained him. Nicknamed D.T. by the Boniface family, Deputed Testamony was the son of a claiming mare who earned $1,797 in a four-race career. He became easily the best runner for both his dam (who also produced the stakes-placed filly Pillar Point) and his sire, who stood at Bonita.

In addition scoring a popular 14-1 victory for his Maryland connections in the Preakness, he also won the Haskell and Governor’s Cup handicaps and the Federico Tesio and Keystone stakes in 1983. In 1982, he won the Play the Palace Stakes, setting a Meadowlands one-mile track record of 1:36.20. He was runner-up in the 1982 Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes and Smarten Stakes. He also set a track record at Pimlico in his final race, the 1 1/16-mile City of Baltimore Handicap in 1984, which he won by a neck in 1:40.80. He exited that race with an injury and retired to Bonita with a career record showing wins in 11 of his 20 starts for earnings of $674,329.

At stud, Deputed Testamony got such runners as graded winners Under Oath, Testafly, and Gold Fleece; multiple stakes winners Churchbell Chimes, Donald’s Pride, and Winsox; and Maryland Million Classic winners Testing and Reputed Testamony. From 20 crops to race, his progeny earned more than $18.5 million.

Hansel, the 1991 Preakness and Belmont winner who resides at Lazy Lane Farm in Virginia, is at 24 now the oldest living winner of a Triple Crown race.

Perl More than 1 year ago
If you go to Youtube and look up "partymanners," (I have no affiliation with this dude btw), he recently posted the entire ABC rebroadcast of the 1983 Preakness. It's great footage for horseracing fans. They interview Eddie D., who rode the even money favorite Sunny's Halo. At the time, Eddie was 32 years old and looking good. Jim McKay and Howard Cosell were both part of the broadcast. Man, those were the days... Deputed Testamony got a great inside trip and made a gutsy rail move turning for home. Nice ride by his jock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's awesome he lived that long. That's like a human living to be 100.
mike More than 1 year ago
Last MD bred to win the Preaskness. Lived a great life, 32 years old. Rest in peace buddy
Autumn Leaves More than 1 year ago
There's an episode on "Inside Information" which re airs from time to time on HRTV that features Deputed Testimony . From Bonita Farm his trainer, Billy Boniface, tells his story. Such a beautiful farm where they lived. Both dead now. R.I.P.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
Unless the episode featured Billy Boniface Snr. The father of the trainer, your info is incorrect. Billy Boniface, trainer of D.T. Certainly isn't dead.
Autumn Leaves More than 1 year ago
Oops, thanks for the correction! Billy Boniface Sr. was interviewed, so I assumed that he was the trainer, but I now remember that he said his son trained him. Since the farm was Boniface Sr.'s vision, the interview was about more than just the training of D.T.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
to me at 40 years old, it does seem like it was a lifetime ago since d.t. won the preakness. if i remember right, alomas ruler won the derby and conquistor cielo the belmont that year. but i was only 11 years old. but its hard to believe its been 21 years since hansel won it. wow im old!!
jonathan yarde More than 1 year ago
Actually Sunny's Halo and Caveat won the other 2 classics. I'll give u credit for guessing that it was one of Woody's which won the Belmont. You might have been thinking of the track condition: a sea of slop in both the '83 Preakness as well as the '82 Belmont which was the one that CC won to start the run of 5.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great legacy to leave behind and at a good old age. Good bye old friend.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He won his Preakness in absolute slop and so many of his get were off-track aces too...
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Sad to see another champion go. But he lived out his days well to the credit of his connections. Class all the way around.
hockeyjam More than 1 year ago
I own a painting of Deputed Testamony winning the Preakness. This was thanks to a $1,100+ exacta and $76 win prices in New York. From what I remember at Pimlico the exacta paid about $175 and $30 to win. This was before they combined the mutual pools. Deputed Testamony also ran uncoupled in NY. Thank you Deputed Testamony, RIP.