12/30/2016 5:33PM

Heetseeker, 14, euthanized following paddock accident

Benoit & Associates
Heatseeker, who won 7 of 17 starts, sired 10 stakes winners.

Heatseeker, a California-based stallion who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2008 and two other graded stakes, was euthanized on Tuesday as a result of a recent injury suffered in a paddock accident at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., the farm announced Friday.

Heatseeker, 14, was taken to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at UC-Davis for treatment, but could not be saved, the farm said.

Heatseeker was moved to Harris Farms in 2012, having previously stood at stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky. Heatseeker began his stallion career in 2009. He was scheduled to stand for $3,500 in 2017.

At stud, Heatseeker sired 10 stakes winners, including Ryan’s Charm, a Group 1 winner and champion in Peru, and Speed Seeker, Surtsey, Catholic Cowboy, and Isa Firecracker. He has progeny earnings of more than $5.9 million.

Catholic Cowboy, who has earned $461,489, won the minor Old Hickory Stakes at Gulfstream Park in 2016 and was third in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic earlier this year. Isa Firecracker won the Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 25.

Heatseeker, an Irish-bred by Giant’s Causeway, won 7 of 17 starts and earned $1,180,223. He began his career in Ireland and was third in the Group 1 National Stakes for 2-year-olds behind George Washington in 2005.

Heatseeker joined Bobby Frankel’s stable in New York in 2006. With Frankel, Heatseeker won an allowance race and was second in the minor Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar in 2007.

Heatseeker was transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s stable in the fall of 2007 and finished the year with a win in the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park. Heatseeker was in peak form in the first half of 2008, winning the Big Cap and Grade 2 Californian Stakes and finishing second in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap and Oaklawn Handicap.

Heatseeker was the morning-line favorite to win the Hollywood Gold Cup in the summer of 2008 when he was withdrawn from the race because of injury. The Californian was the final race of his career.