10/14/2004 11:00PM

Distinctive Pro pensioned


Distinctive Pro, a leading New York sire for more than a decade, has been pensioned at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.

Dan Hayden, Sugar Maple's farm manager, said Distinctive Pro, a 25-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, was suffering from arthritis in his stifles, which made covering mares difficult.

Distinctive Pro sired 43 stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Quick Mischief, who won the 1990 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park. His progeny have generated $35.2 million in earnings.

Hayden also reported that Dr. Blum, another son of Mr. Prospector who stood at Sugar Maple, was euthanized earlier this month because of a throat tumor. Dr. Blum, 27 at the time of his death, had been pensioned for several years. He sired 19 stakes winners.