06/30/2015 7:38PM

International sire Twining dies in Japan


Multiple Grade 2 winner and globetrotting sire Twining died Sunday in Japan due to an aortic rupture.

The 24-year-old son of Forty Niner’s death was confirmed Tuesday by the Japanese-based Paca Paca Farm’s Twitter account. Twining resided at Breeders Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan.

Bred in Kentucky by Helen Alexander and Helen Groves of King Ranch, Twining was the second-to-last foal out of the 1983 Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee, whose 15 winners from 17 runners included champion Althea, Grade 1 winners Ketoh and Ali Oop, Grade 2 winners Aishah and Aquilegia, Grade 3 winner Native Courier, stakes winner Princess Oola, and Grade 1-placed Press Card.

Twining was campaigned by Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum’s Darley Stud Management during his on-track career. He debuted at age three for trainer Flint Schulhofer and won his first five career starts, racing at Gulfstream Park and New York, highlighted by wins in the Grade 2 Withers Stakes and Peter Pan Stakes.

A strained tendon in his right foreleg found in the wake of a runner-up finish to Holy Bull in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes ended Twining’s on-track career after his first defeat. He finished with earnings of $238,140.

Twining was retired to Wimbledon Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 1995 breeding season, and stood there until 1999 when he was moved to East Stud in Japan. He returned to Wimbledon Farm in partnership with Coolmore Stud after the 2001 breeding season in Japan, then was acquired by Vinery Stud to shuttle between the U.S. and Australia.

Japan’s Shadai Farm purchased a 50 percent interest in Twining in late 2003, and the stallion returned to the Eastern Hemisphere permanently at the end of the ensuing breeding season in Australia.

Twining has sired 18 crops of racing age, with 644 winners and combined progeny earnings of $80,262,237.

His best North American runners at stud include Grade 2 winners Two Item Limit and Dawn of the Condor, and Grade 3 winners Pie N Burger, Connected, Top Hit, and Tugger. Twining also sired Twin Sparks, who set a world record time on dirt for six furlongs, covering the distance in 1:06.49 in the Caballos Del Sol Handicap at Turf Paradise in 2009.

Twining was led in Japan by Group 2 winner Second Table, and Group 3 winners Roll of the Dice and Nonkono Yume. The latter is the sire’s latest standout runner, winning the Group 3 Unicorn Stakes on June 21.

As a broodmare sire, Twining’s top runners include Puerto Rican champion Folly May Pay, Grade 2 winner Meteore and Arena Elvira, Grade 3 winner Talullah, and Australian Group 3 winner Thermal Current.