12/22/2015 5:10PM

Desert God, sire of Peppers Pride, dies at 24


Desert God, sire of former modern-day consecutive-win record holder Peppers Pride, died on Tuesday at the age 24 at Joe Allen’s farm near Abilene, Texas. He had been a leading sire in New Mexico from 2010-2014.

By Fappiano out of Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, by Blushing Groom, Desert God was unraced and initially stood at the University of Arizona’s breeding program for eight years. He was purchased by Allen in 2001 and sent to stand at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch near Anthony, N.M., where he stood until being pensioned in 2013 due to advancing age and fertility issues. He lived the last years of his life at Allen’s farm.

A year after Allen bought Desert God, he bred his mare Lady Pepper to the stallion, producing the 2003 filly Peppers Pride. Racing exclusively in New Mexico, Pepper’s Pride was undefeated in 19 career starts, including 14 stakes, and earned $1,066,085. Her modern-day win record was eclipsed by Rapid Redux in 2011. Rapid Redux went on to win 22 races in a row.

Desert God sired 29 stakes winners and 136 winners from 180 starters, and had progeny earnings of $14.7 million. He sired multiple stakes winners Our Choice ($701,286 in career earnings), Rose’s Desert ($626,035), Attitude E Racer ($597,177), Iplaytricks ($522,690), and Fullofenergy ($505,199).