06/19/2013 3:13PM

Millkom, Grade/Group 1 winner and sire, dead at 22


Millkom, a top-level winner in Europe and the U.S. who later sired Grade/Group 1 winner Milk It Mick, died on Monday at Girsonfield Stud in Northumberland, England. He was 22.

English-bred Millkom, a son of Cyrano de Bergerac and out of the Mummy’s Game mare Good Game, outraced his modest pedigree by a wide margin, winning 12 of 19 starts in four seasons and earning $705,678.

Millkom began his career in France for owner Jean-Claude Gour and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and won his first career start as a juvenile in August 1993. The horse then captured his next nine starts over the next 11 months, highlighted by back-to-back scores in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat and the Grand Prix de Paris during summer 1994. He would only win twice more, but one of those came at Belmont Park for new owner Gary Tanaka in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes in September 1995. Millkom then missed nearly two years due to injury and made one final start in September 1997, finishing third in a stakes at Del Mar, before retiring.

Initially retired to Egerton Stud in Newmarket, Millkom subsequently stood at Haras de Chartreux and Scarvagh House Stud before moving to Girsonfield in northern England.

From 184 foals age 3 and up, Millkom has sired 48 winners for earnings of more than $2.6 million. His lone graded stakes winner is Milk It Mick, who like his sire scored at the highest level in both Europe and the U.S. Milk It Mick won the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile in England and as a 5-year-old won the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita by a nose in a blanket finish.