11/19/2015 12:32PM

Grade 1 winner Tiago euthanized

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Tiago, a multiple Grade 1 winner and resident of Adena Springs’ stallion operation in Paris, Ky., was euthanized due to an inoperable chronic digestive disorder.

The 11-year-old son of Pleasant Tap suffered his first major bout of colic in 2012 and did not service mares that year. Since then, he has been under the care of Adena Springs Kentucky stallion manager Bill Drury and his staff.

Tiago was not advertised by Adena Springs for the 2016 breeding season. He stood in 2015 for an advertised fee of $3,500.

Tiago has sired two crops of racing age, with 22 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $1.2 million. His leading runner is Viva Majorca, a gelding whose 2015 campaign has included a win in the Kelly’s Landing Stakes and placings in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes and Grade 3 Ack Ack Stakes.

Other leading runners by Tiago include stakes-placed Golden Tiago, Fallfire, and Son of Tiago.

Homebred in Kentucky by Jerry and Ann Moss, Tiago is out of the stakes-winning Stop the Music mare Set Them Free, making him a half brother to the Moss’s Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and Grade 3 winner Stanwyck. John Shirreffs trained the horse throughout his career.

Tiago won five of 20 starts over four seasons of racing for earnings of $2,358,270. His marquee victories came in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Goodwood Stakes, along with wins in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and Swaps Breeders’ Cup Stakes. He also registered third-place finishes in the 2007 Belmont Stakes and the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. He arrived at Adena Springs for the 2010 breeding season.

"Tiago was a wonderful horse to be around and [Adena Springs owner] Frank [Stronach] would like to thank Jerry and Ann Moss for entrusting us with his care”, said Adena Springs general manager Eoin Ryan. “That we're making this announcement in November of 2015 and not in 2012 is a testament to Bill Drury and the Adena Springs stallion team who have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep Tiago happy and strong the past three years."

Tiago will be buried in the Adena Springs Kentucky farm cemetery.