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Marquetry, Grade 1 winner and successful sire, dead at 26
Multiple Grade 1 winner Marquetry, sire of two Eclipse Award-winning sprinters, was euthanized on Feb. 1 at Michael Blowen’s Old Friends retirement home for Thoroughbreds in Georgetown, Ky.
The 26-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo was euthanized after suffering an injury in his stall at Old Friends. Veterinarians from Hagyard Medical Institute attended to Marquetry, according to Blowen, and a full necropsy report will be filed.
Marquetry arrived at Old Friends in June 2010 after being pensioned from stud duty that May. He last stood at Stonewall Farm in Ocala, Fla., and earlier stood at both Vinery and Stonewall Farm Stallions in central Kentucky.
Kentucky-bred Marquetry began his racing career in England for Juddmonte Farms and trainer Guy Harwood. He won one of four starts there and placed in a stakes race, but flourished once Juddmonte shipped the horse to the U.S. and trainer Bobby Frankel. From 1991 to 1993, Marquetry won seven stakes races—including the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, Meadowlands Cup, and Eddie Read Stakes—and placed in 10 other stakes. He retired to Vinery with a career record of 10 wins, nine seconds, and four thirds from 36 starts and $2,857,886 in earnings.
Marquetry sired 519 winners, including 35 stakes winners, for earnings of $40,054,238 from 17 crops of racing age. His two best runners were both champion sprinters. Artax won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Sprint along with two other Grade 1 stakes that season; the millionaire, who died in 2012, won or placed in 14 total stakes. Squirtle Squirt, who won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes, is now a stallion in Japan.
Other top performers by Marquetry include Grade 3 winners American Freedom, Uanme, and Mass Market; Group 2 winner Stella Grande; and multiple stakes winner and Massachusetts-based sire Max’s Pal.
Out of the stakes-placed Vice Regent mare Regent’s Walk, Marquetry was a half brother to Group 2 winner Spain Lane, Group 3 placed Queen's Gallery, and Reggie V, dam of multiple graded stakes winner Five Star Day. It is the family of five-time Grade 1 winner You.
Yes, he made history...thanks for the memories & your greatness lives on in your sired horses of which are 519 winners & 35 stakes winners! Go to Bobby...I 'm sure he'll take care of you & show you the ropes in heaven! -cNu
History was made Rest In Paradise
Marquetry was one of my favorite horses during my first years in the sport as a teen, so he will always hold a special place. Being a fan in southern California, I was able to see Marquetry race in person on a number of occasions. He was a really sharp looking horse, athletically built with a chestnut coat that shined like a new penny in the Cali sun. I especially enjoyed his 1993 season, at a time many thought he was on the downside of his career. He won 4 graded stakes including the gr.1 Meadowlands Cup, and although he wasn't able to win one of the big grade 1 races at 10 furlongs, he always tried hard and earned respect, running 4th in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Pacific Classic, and Breeder's Cup Classic. He was a little iron horse in 1993, running 12 times as part of Bobby Frankel's championship stable.
I know this one will be especially tough on Michael. While at Old Friends last August Michael commented that Marquetry was his favorite. As I told the folks there at the farm that day, you really are looking at a very good race horse. He made $2.9M back in the day. Probably equivalent to earnings of $5M or more today. He was a good one. I’m glad I got to see him one last time.
RIP, and thoughts go out to the team at Old Friends. He lived a wonderful life and was very loved and taken care of till the end. I have been in horses for over 30 years and the accidents are the hard ones. Someone once told me that "horses are accidents waiting to happen". Sometimes no matter how hard you try to prevent them they always seem to happen even in what you think is the safest place. Thoughts are with you.