04/06/2004 11:00PM

Excellent Meeting dead

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Millionaire and multiple Grade 1 winner Excellent Meeting died March 23, according to Brushwood Stable. The mare died during colic surgery at the Rood and Riddle veterinary clinic in Lexington, Ky., according to a report on The Blood-Horse website. The mare was 8 and delivered her last foal, a Storm Cat filly, earlier this year.

Excellent Meeting, a daughter of General Meeting and the Chief's Crown mare Fitted Crown, won four Grade 1 races. From a career record of 20-8-5-3, Excellent Meeting earned $1,402,396.

The late John Mabee and his wife, Betty, bred and raced Excellent Meeting until 2000, when Brushwood Stable owner Elizabeth Moran purchased her privately for a reported $3.9 million. Moran retired Excellent Meeting to her broodmare band and later sold an interest in the mare to Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor. Excellent Meeting's first foal, a 2002 Storm Cat colt named Cougar Cat, was sent to Ireland in 2003 and has yet to race. Excellent Meeting's only other foal is her 2004 Storm Cat filly.