08/17/2005 12:00AM

Naevus, top Texas sire, put down

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Naevus, who ranked as Texas's leading active sire by lifetime progeny earnings, was euthanized last Friday because of complications from laminitis, according to officials with the Texas Thoroughbred Association. He was 25.

Naevus, based in Texas for the last 10 years, had lifetime progeny earnings of more than $21 million. The only Texas stallion with more progeny earnings is Sunny's Halo, said Denis Blake, a spokesman for the Texas Thoroughbred Association. Sunny's Halo died in 2003 and has progeny earnings of more than $25 million.

Naevus stood at Stoneview Farm in Hempstead, Texas, for $2,500 and was owned by APG Holdings. His most noted runners include chief earner King Glorious, a Grade 1 winner who earned $1.1 million, as well as Bruho, Green Perfume, and The Barking Shark.

Naevus entered stud in 1984. He was a son of Mr. Prospector and the Bold Lad mare Mudville. On the track, Naevus won 2 of 8 career starts and placed in four graded stakes, including a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

To date he has sired 370 career winners, 29 stakes winners, and five graded stakes winners, according to the Thoroughbred association. Among the stallion's top runners in the state were Nuclear Assembly, the Texas champion 2-year-old of 2001.