05/05/2015 11:20AM

Grade 1 winner The Tin Man dies

Benoit & Associates
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.

FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
There are two sets of 2 sure things in this life.Death and taxes.Also only free DRF articles relating to death or taxes of horseplayers.
mike More than 1 year ago
Visited him many times @ River Edge Farm,then his final place over the past few years.
Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
The OLD-Man always gave his ALL. RIP My-Man. Jersey Skip
Michael Walls More than 1 year ago
Had he not propped at finish line 1st time around, still believe he would have wired 02 BC turf at Arlington.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Love the TIN MAN, then and now.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
"Just to register emotion, jealousy, devotion And really feel the part I could stay young and chipper And I'd lock it with a zipper If I only had a heart" - The Tin Man just kept going, and going...
nancyb More than 1 year ago
What a neat horse he was! I hope he had a peaceful passing.I particularly loved watching him run through the turns.My perception was that a few of the races he lost by a little bit were from jocks thinking they knew better than him when to make his move. RIP
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Farewell TIn Man, RIP.
mike More than 1 year ago
I visited him over the past seven years first @ River Edge Farm. Received text day he passed informing me.