05/05/2015 12:20PM

Grade 1 winner The Tin Man dies

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The Tin Man, winner of the 2006 Arlington Million, died last week at age 17.

Multiple Grade 1 winner The Tin Man, a popular turf runner on the West Coast, died April 29 in Santa Ynez, Calif., The Blood-Horse reports.

The 17-year-old son of Affirmed raced as a homebred for Ralph and Aury Todd, winning 13 of 31 starts through age 9 for earnings of $3,663,780. He earned his first Grade 1 win in 2002, taking the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes.

The Tin Man’s next Grade 1 score came four years later, when he won the 2006 Arlington Million and kicked off a run of three Grade 1 victories at ages 8 and 9 that also included the Shoemaker Mile Stakes and another edition of the Clement L. Hirsch. He raced four times at age 9 – three Grade 1s and a Grade 2 – and never finished worse than second, including runner-up efforts in attempts to defend his Arlington Million and Clement L. Hirsch titles.

In the time between his first two Grade 1 wins, The Tin Man shipped to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, where he finished second to David Junior. It was the only defeat the gelding suffered during his five-race 2006 campaign, defying the decline in form that many North American horses see when returning from the Dubai World Cup card.

The Tin Man retired at the end of 2007 with eight graded stakes wins, all Grade 2 or higher. Richard Mandella trained the gelding throughout his on-track career.

He spent his final years at the Santa Ynez farm of Stacey Nance, daughter of the Todds, and her husband, Roger.

The Tin Man is out of the unplaced Tom Rolfe mare Lizzie Rolfe, herself a Todd homebred, whose eight winners from 10 foals to race also included seven-time stakes winner Mama Simba.