09/08/2006 11:00PM

Electrocutionist dies in England


Electrocutionist, the Dubai World Cup winner who was expected to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has died, apparently of a heart attack, it was reported Saturday on the website of the horses' owner, Godolphin.

A 5-year-old son of Red Ransom trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Electrocutionist had most recently finished second to Hurricane Run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 29.

"Earlier in the week we detected an abnormality in Electrocutionist's heart," said Godolphin's racing manager, Simon Crisford, on the website. "He was admitted to the veterinary hospital [in Newmarket] for tests. He appeared to be responding well to treatment, but during the night he suffered what seems to have been a fatal heart attack."

Bred in Kentucky, Electrocutionist was initially campaigned in Italy by American owner Earle Mack. At 3, he was a nose second to Shirocco in the Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano. At 4, he won the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. After finishing third in the Canadian International, he was sold by Mack to Godolphin and sent to Dubai for the winter.

There, in his first start on dirt, he won the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge before beating Brass Hat in the Dubai World Cup. Electrocutionist won 8 of 12 starts for earnings of $5,407,533.