04/30/2006 11:00PM

Gold Token dead at farm

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Gold Token, New York's eighth-ranked sire, died, and the state's second-ranked stallion, A. P Jet, was seriously injured in a paddock accident at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm, the farm announced Sunday.

According to a statement issued by the farm, A. P Jet reared and escaped from his groom while being led to his paddock at about 10 a.m. on Sunday. He galloped to Gold Token's paddock, where the two stallions began to fight. Gold Token broke through his fence, and the pair then galloped down the fenceline. Gold Token was killed instantly when he hit a tree.

As of Monday afternoon, A. P Jet remained in serious condition at a veterinary clinic in New York, according to Sugar Maple staff.

was 13 and A. P Jet is 17. Both were standing this season at Sugar Maple for $5,000.

A. P Jet, by Fappiano, is the sire of nine stakes winners, including Galloping Grocer, Travelator, Jini's Jet, and Karakorum Splendor. His progeny earnings stand at just under $12.5 million.

Gold Token, a stakes-winning Mr. Prospector horse, sired such stakes winners as Gold and Roses, Coined for Success, Golden Damsel, Big Tease, and Jets Fan. At his death, he had progeny earnings of more than $4.7 million. He stood as the property of Questroyal Stud and Barry Schwartz.

"I feel particularly bad for Barry Schwartz, the majority owner of the horse and a wonderful partner with Questroyal," said Questroyal principal Barry Ostrager. "I also feel bad because the horse was booked to approximately 275 mares in the last three years counting this one and will have a major impact on the breeding industry in this area."