12/04/2001 12:00AM

Kerosene dead; stallion was 15

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spendthrift Farm stallion Kerosene, sire of stakes-winner Power Flame, was euthanized on Nov. 23 after becoming paralyzed because of illness. The Lexington farm announced the 15-year-old stallion's death Tuesday.

Spendthrift issued a release that said preliminary necropsy results revealed a mass on one of the horse's kidneys, which apparently caused encephalitis followed by paralysis.

Kerosene was a son of Devil's Bag and the stakes-winning Jacinto mare Issues n' Answers. During a brief racing career, he finished second in the Grade 3 Everglades Stakes and won an allowance and a maiden race. He retired immediately after his Everglades victory with a lifetime race record of 4-2-1-0 and earnings of $41,600.

Ted Taylor, who sold Spendthrift last December to a partnership headed by Bruce Kline, stood Kerosene at the farm. The horse's stud fee this year was $5,000.

At stud, Kerosene sired four stakes-winners, the richest of whom was Power Flame, an earner of more than $228,000. Kerosene's other stakes winners to date are Vorticity, Cedona Red, and Mr. Vicious. From eight crops to race, Kerosene has total progeny earnings of $1,308,716.