07/17/2007 11:00PM

Eternal Search, three-time Sovereign winner, dies


Eternal Search, a multiple Sovereign Award winner for owner Mel Lawson, died at age 29 late last month at Curraghmore Farm in Ontario, Canada.

Lawson said that Eternal Search, who had been retired from the breeding shed six years ago, had developed cancer in her nose and had to be euthanized.

An Ontario-bred by Northern Answer out of the Ruritania mare Bon Debarras, Eternal Search won 15 stakes races and compiled a record of 18-11-2 for earnings of more than $640,000. She made 44 career starts while racing exclusively in Ontario.

Her exploits earned her Sovereign Awards as Canada’s champion sprinter in 1981 and champion filly or mare in 1982 and 1983.

Eternal Search was less successful as a broodmare, producing 10 foals for Lawson with her best runner being Young Brodie, a winner of five races and $106,003.

The Eternal Search Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, has been on the schedule here since 1998.