12/17/2012 3:15PM

Ibn Bey, second to Unbridled in Breeders’ Cup Classic, dies


Multiple Group 1 winner Ibn Bey, who finished second in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Classic, died in Japan on Monday at age 28.

The Mill Reef horse, who stood his entire stud career at Big Red Farm in Japan, was pensioned from stallion duty in 2007.

British-bred Ibn Bey won 10 of 28 career starts, earning $1,626,059 while racing for five seasons in seven countries. He was named champion 3-year-old colt in Italy in 1987, on the strength of a victory in the Group 1 Gran Premio D’Italia. However, he found greater success in later seasons of his career, winning the Group 1 Europa-Preis in 1989, and taking both the Group 1 Grosser Preis and Group 1 Irish St. Leger the following year at age 6.

Ibn Bey, also a Group 2 winner in England and France, finished second to Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Belmont, his only start in North America.

Ibn Bey sired 79 winners for earnings of $15,937,010, including Taiki Herakles, winner of the Group 1 Derby Grand Prix in 1999 in Japan. He produced three other group stakes-placed winners.

Out of the High Top mare Rosia Bay, Ibn Bey was a half-brother to Yorkshire Oaks winner Roseate Tern.

nick 20 hours ago
RIP Ibn Bey. Never saw your European races, but your 1990 'Classic was a great race, a gut-wrenching try. Now Unbridled and you can get together and exchange ''What ifs' about the race. 
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I am so sad to hear that Ibn Bey passed away. He is a very significant sire in Japan. I think he was the oldest sire standing at Big Red Farm. They had just taken some recent photos of him and shared them with the public. He was a lovely horse. He came in second in the Breeders' Cup Classic to Unbridled - he was a very accomplished horse with many graded stakes, including many G1, wins to his credit. I was a new fan of his - I was very impressed by him when I traced his career and saw some of his races on video. He is a Japanese fan favorite at Big Red Farm. Rest in peace, Ibn Bey. You are a wonderful champion. Well done, buddy. You will live on in your champion progeny, who have inherited your talent. You will definitely be missed.