07/06/2017 3:40PM

Grade 1 winner Tinners Way put down at 27

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Barbara D. Livingston
Tinners Way earned more than $1.8 million in his racing career.

Tinners Way, a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Secretariat, was euthanized Wednesday at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., following the acute onset of severe neurologic disease. The pensioned stallion was 27.

Tinners Way had been treated in the past for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, a disease affecting the central nervous system, Old Friends resident veterinarian Bryan Waldridge said, “and he did have some lingering neurologic effects from a previous infection.”

Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen said the farm staff was saddened by the loss but grateful for their time with the stallion.

“Tinner, like [former resident] Wallenda, was a warrior to the end, and when he told us his battle was over, we listened,” Blowen said. “He had so many friends from all over the country that visited him often. He leaves behind a great legacy and a host of adoring fans.”

Tinners Way, bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms, was from the final crop of Secretariat. The horse was a Group 3-placed stakes winner in England and Group 1-placed in France. He later came to the U.S. and began the most productive period of his career under the care of the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.

Tinners Way won the 1994 Pacific Classic at Del Mar over eventual Hall of Famer Best Pal in a sparkling 1:59.43 for the 1 1/4 miles. He repeated in the race the following year, besting Soul of the Matter by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:59.63.

Tinners Way added a third Grade 1 win in the 1996 Californian Stakes, and his other Grade 1 placings included a runner-up effort behind the great Cigar in the 1995 Hollywood Gold Cup. In total, the horse won or placed in 15 stakes in his five seasons of racing, concluding his career with a record of 27-7-6-4 and earnings of more than $1.8 million.

Tinners Way stood in Kentucky before moving to California and, finally, Texas. His 93 winners as a stallion were led by stakes winners Tin Man Commin and Riverruns Thruit. Upon being pensioned, he was donated to Old Friends by owners Phil Leckinger and Jerry Hardin.

“Twenty-seven is not a bad number,” Leckinger said. “I can't thank Old Friends enough for the care and support he was given. Tinners Way certainly did wonders for us, he did wonders for Juddmonte on the track, and I hope he did wonders for his friends and fans in retirement.”