06/16/2008 12:00AM

Kahyasi, Epsom winner, dies at 23


Kahyasi, the 1988 winner of both the Epsom and Irish derbies, was euthanized at the Haras de Bonneval farm of his owner and breeder, the Aga Khan, in France after it was discovered that he had incurable tumors. He was 23.

An Irish-bred son of the Nijinsky stallion Ile de Bourbon, Kahyasi was trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani. He won 5 of 7 starts for earnings of $1,207,908.

Kahyasi sired five Group 1 winners, among them Vereva and Zainta, winners of the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and a winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, Enzeli. He was also an excellent producer of jumpers, siring an American champion, Hirapour, and Karasi, three-time winner of the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.

Kahyasi is also the sire of Hasili, the dam of Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare winners Banks Hill and Intercontinental, French champion miler Dansili, and Grade 1 winners Cacique and Heat Haze. He is also the broodmare sire of Zarkava, the winner of this year's French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks.