02/26/2009 12:00AM

Morley Street, champion hurdler, dies


Morley Street, one of the world's best hurdlers of the past two decades, died Thursday in England at age 25, the Racing Post reported.

Trained by Toby Balding for owner Michael Jackson to win the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at Belmont in 1990 and at Fair Hill in 1991, he also won Cheltenham's prestigious Champion Hurdle in 1991 in addition to landing the Aintree Hurdle four times in a row from 1990 to 1993.

Morley Street's Breeders' Cup exploits earned him the Eclipse Award as the best jumper in both of his winning years. He ended his career in 1995 at age 12, having won 20 of 45 starts for earnings of $885,398.