06/06/2016 11:12AM

Grade 2 winner Proud Citizen euthanized at 17


Proud Citizen, a Grade 2 winner and sire of two Kentucky Oaks winners, was euthanized Saturday at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky. after a four-year battle with laminitis took a turn for the worse. He was 17.

The son of Gone West had resided at Airdrie Stud since beginning his stallion career in 2004. He stood for an advertised fee of $7,500 this year.

“We’ve been very fortunate to stand some top stallions over the years, but I don’t think any have ever brought us more joy or left us with greater memories than did Proud Citizen,” said Brereton Jones, owner of Airdrie Stud. “He was unbelievably good to us, and there was not a kinder or more personable horse in the stallion barn.”

Bred in Kentucky by Edmund Loder, Proud Citizen was campaigned by the partnership of Robert Baker, David Cornstein, and William Mack and was trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

Proud Citizen won his maiden in his second start at Belmont, then finished out of the money in a pair of graded stakes to round out his 2-year-old season. The following season, he scored by 3 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes.

Proud Citizen finished second in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, four lengths behind War Emblem, then finished third behind the same horse in the Preakness Stakes. He then finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes to wrap up his 3-year-old season. The horse was retired following his 4-year-old season with three wins in 16 career starts for earnings of $638,822.

Proud Citizen has sired 10 crops of racing age, with 467 winners and progeny earnings of more than $35.7 million.

Chief among his runners are Proud Spell and Believe You Can, who won the Kentucky Oaks as Jones family homebreds in 2008 and 2012. Proud Spell captured the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly in 2008, while Believe You Can was offered in foal to Tapit at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall select mixed sale but finished under her reserve with a final bid of $4.9 million.

Proud Citizen shuttled to Chile for two Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons and sired a pair of champions in that country, Torre Laguna and Vamp a Galupiar. The latter also became a Grade 2 winner in the U.S.

Other runners of note by Proud Citizen include Grade 2 winner Mark Valeski; Grade/Group 3 winners It Happened Again, Miz Ida, Went the Day Well, Motovato, and River Proud; and Canadian classic-placed Oh Canada.

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