05/24/2013 2:32PM

In Excess, Grade 1 winner and leading California sire, dead at 26


In Excess, a four-time Grade 1 winner who went on to become a dominant California sire, died last week at the age of 26, Vessels Stallion Farm announced Thursday. He had been a pensioner at the Bonsall, Calif., farm since 2011.

In Excess sired Grade 1 winners Romance is Diane, a track record-setter at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, and Musical Chimes, who also was a French classic winner. Among In Excess’s other graded stakes winners were Excessivepleasure, Above Perfection, Romanceishope, and Icantgoforthat. He also sired millionaires Texcess and Valentine Dancer.

In Excess’s notable sons at stud include Grade 1 winner Indian Charlie, who died in 2011, and Grade 2 winner Notional, now standing at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

In Excess, a son of Siberian Express, entered stud at Rancho Why Worry in 1993 and quickly rose to the top of the Golden State’s standings. He was California’s leading juvenile sire with his first crop in 1996, and he claimed that title again in 2000, 2002, and 2004. He also was the state’s leading general sire in 2002 and 2003. From 18 crops of racing age, his progeny have earned $44,272,889 to date.

Bred in Ireland by Ahmed Foustok, In Excess won the 1991 Woodward Stakes and Metropolitan, Whitney, and Suburban Handicaps. In the last of those, he also set a track record when he went 1 1/4 miles in 1:58.33. In addition to those Grade 1 wins, In Excess also won three of six starts in England early in his career and had three additional graded stakes wins and three Grade 1 placings in the United States. He retired from the track with 11 wins from 25 starts, as well as two seconds and three thirds, for a total bankroll of $1,736,733.

Jack Munari raced In Excess in the United States with trainer Bruce Jackson.

In Excess was buried in a grave alongside that of another well-known Vessels stallion, three-time Grade 1 winner Free House.

“He was an old man, and he’s in a better place,” Vessels farm manager Kevin Dickson said in a release posted to the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association website. “The last couple of weeks, he just didn’t look like himself.”


Cover2 More than 1 year ago
But why run in breeders cup mile (turf) with all those long dirt wins ?
Larry More than 1 year ago
He led or grab the pace and won't quit the lead pouring his heart out. His crop did the same. The greatest attribute In Excess gave to the raising fans and his crop was his heart. RIP In Excess; you left us with some fun memories.
Fay Fisher More than 1 year ago
Matt More than 1 year ago
Never had the plesure of seeing in excess run, but romance is diane is one of my favorites!!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
One of the most brilliant horses from my teenage years. He represented a time when California racing was the pinnacle of the sport in North America. In 1990, horses that wintered in California won the following races later in the year back East: Oaklawn Handicap, Pimlico Special, Met Mile, Whitney, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and NYRA Mile(now Cigar Mile). In 1991: Oaklawn Cap, Pimlico Special, Nassau County Handicap(then $500k), Met Mile, Suburban, Whitney, Woodward, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Meadowlands Cup. In 1992: Oaklawn Cap, Suburban, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Meadowlands Cup, NYRA Mile. In 1993: Oaklawn Cap, Met Mile, Woodward, Meadowlands Cup. And In Excess became one of the most influential sires in California over the last 3 decades. He was a great fit in the golden state.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
It is a shame that over and over these stallions retire from stud and only live 2 or 3 years where they can just be a horse. He made 1.7 million in 1991, that was a lot of money, then when his back is shot, he got a lousy 2 years to just graze.I breed and race, I retire all my horses sound and I let them just have fun, I take care of them with my own hands, so I'm not just preachin here.They like to match race in the pasture, they pick the time and the place, it warms your heart to see how happy they are.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
I'm not exactly sure what your point is. As an exceptional racehorse and sire, I'm sure he had the best of care. Once retired to stud, I would say he had the life of a king, mares to breed and plenty of off season.. Pretty much just being a horse, you sure as hell can't make them breed a mare if they don't want to . His pensioned years were shorter than some, but horses like humans have different life spans from others, I doubt the farm wanted to shorten his life , only to do the best by him.
Julio Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
Walk That Walk by Skywalker is one stallion I am interested in finding a home, do you know anyone interested?
Julio Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
Mr. Roman about Walk That Walk I can be reached at twbusters7@gmail.com.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Rest in peace,pld man. Your with some really great horses now.
JeAnna Ramirez More than 1 year ago
Rest in peace dear old dude . . . .
Lucas Contreras More than 1 year ago
one of the good ones i saw
Lucas Contreras More than 1 year ago
what a great horse !