08/28/2013 4:42PM

Indygo Shiner, Grade 3 winner and leading South American sire, dies


Shuttle stallion Indygo Shiner was euthanized the morning of Aug. 28 in Argentina after suffering an inoperable ruptured stomach. The son of A.P. Indy, who was 15, was about to begin another Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras La Quebrada in Buenos Aires. He stood the Northern Hemisphere season at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Indygo Shiner was sent to Argentina for stud duty in 2003 and reigned as the country's leading sire in 2009. Among his top runners in the Southern Hemisphere are champion and Argentine Derby winner Tecla Shiner; Argentine Derby winner Indy Point, a stakes winner at Del Mar this summer; Argentine Oaks winner Miss Match, who came to the U.S. to capture the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational; and Argentine 2,000 Guineas winner Mi Amiguito.

Overall, he is the sire of 226 winners through Aug. 27, including 19 stakes winners, for combined earnings of $10,140,529.

During his own racing career, Indygo Shiner won four of 12 starts for earnings of $444,066. He won the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup Stakes and recorded three other graded stakes placings.

Bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm, Indygo Shiner was produced by the Grade 3-winning El Gran Senor mare Navarra. She is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Toussaud, Juddmonte's blue hen broodmare who produced classic winner and outstanding sire Empire Maker, Grade 1 winner and sire Chester House, Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Honest Lady, Grade 1 winner Chiselling, and Grade 2 winner and sire Decarchy.