06/23/2015 3:43PM

Leading Argentine sire Not For Sale dies of colic


Not For Sale, an Argentine Group 1 winner and sire of runners including Asiatic Boy and Miss Serendipity, died Monday due to colic.

The 21-year-old son of Parade Marshal resided at Haras la Pasión in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was consistently among the country’s leading sires.

Bred in Argentina by El Candil, Not For Sale won nine of 24 starts, winning the Group 1 Ciudad de Buenos Aires Stakes and the Group 3 Clasico Buenos Aires, for earnings of $99,998.

Not For Sale is the sire of 12 crops of racing age, with 385 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $17.2 million. His runners include 28 graded or group stakes winners and 33 non-graded or group stakes winners.

His runners are led by 2006 Argentine Horse of the Year Forty Licks, who won the Argentine Derby among four group stakes in his native country before relocating to Saudi Arabia, where he won the Group 2 Crown Prince Cup.

Other top Argentine runners by Not For Sale include Balada Sale, the country’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2012, and Group 1 winners Mystery Train, Life For Sale, Vitaminado, King of Sale, and Forever Sale.

Not For Sale was best represented internationally by Asiatic Boy, who began his career in Argentina, finishing second in the Group 1 Gran Criterium in his juvenile season. Asiatic Boy was then relocated to the U.A.E., where he won that country’s Triple Crown: the Group 3 U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas, then-unlisted Al Bastakiya, and the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby.

Asiatic Boy went on to be a mainstay in the U.A.E. for owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and trainer Mike de Kock, finishing second in the 2008 Dubai World Cup and winning the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 and the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint. He finished his career in the U.S. under trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, where he earned runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap and the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap.

Not For Sale was also led in the U.S. by Miss Serendipity, a Group 1 winner in Argentina who later won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes and the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes in Southern California. Miss Serendipity was offered in the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, but finished under her reserve with a final bid of $775,000. She was later sent to Japan.

Not For Sale’s other notable North American runners include Grade 3-placed stakes winner Mystery Train, a multiple Group 1 winner in his native Argentina, multiple Grade 3-placed Cure for Sale, and stakes placed Key Decision.