12/28/2017 3:05PM

Midwest stallion Service Stripe euthanized at 26

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Service Stripe, a veteran stallion throughout America’s flyover country, was euthanized Wednesday due to the infirmities of old age. He was 26.

The son of Deputy Minister last resided at Caines Stallion Station in Wynnewood, Okla., where he arrived in 2011, and was pensioned in the middle of the 2016 breeding season. He was buried on the farm.

“He had fans all around the country,” said farm owner Ellen Caines. “I’ve gotten calls and letters from people, and it’s amazing the people who followed him and follow him to this day.”

Bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud, Service Stripe won 10 of 22 starts during his ontrack career for earnings of $130,043.

Service Stripe ran from ages 2 to 5 as a homebred under the watch of trainer Donnie Von Hemel, racing first at Remington Park, where he ended his sophomore campaign with a victory in the Best of the West Handicap. He continued to compete at allowance and listed stakes levels in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Illinois before he was sold privately to Charlie Williams’s Rene Dar Farm in the spring of his 5-year-old campaign.

Trained by Williams and James Jackson, Service Stripe was moved to the Great Lakes region, where he won the Pontiac Handicap at Detroit Race Course in his first appearance. The remainder of the season saw him finish in the money in the Beau Genius Handicap in Detroit and the Isi Newborn Memorial Handicap at Thistledown.

Service Stripe stood his first two seasons at Jackson’s farm in Michigan, and made an immediate impact within the state and beyond. Those initial two crops produced Grade 1 winner Cashier’s Dream and two of the top 10 highest-earning Michigan-breds of all-time: 17-time stakes winner Secret Romeo and Grade 2-placed Born to Dance. All three were bred or trained by Jackson.

Ro Parra of Millennium Farms purchased a majority share in Service Stripe, and he was relocated to Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for his third season. He remained there until 2008, when he was moved to Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania. Service Stripe was a notoriously aggressive stallion to handle, and Jackson was consulted on managing Service Stripe’s behavior from time to time. Parra moved him back to Jackson’s farm in Michigan for the 2009 season.

Service Stripe was sold to Rockin’ Z Ranch in Oklahoma prior to the 2010 breeding season, and he finally moved to Caines Stallion Station in 2012. His final foals are yearlings of 2017.

In total, Service Stripe has sired 18 crops of racing age, with 228 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $18.3 million. His other runners of note include Field Commission, Canada’s champion sprinter of 2009, and graded-placed stakes winners Service for Ten, Arbuckle Bandit, and Finance Minister.

“All his babies were just very consistent,” Caines said. “Everything he had, they ran and they ran hard. It just seemed like no matter what he bred, he produced a runner.

“He was definitely a big asset for Oklahoma. He really helped our program here, and now people are wanting to keep his daughters for broodmares.”