10/09/2003 11:00PM

Northern Sunset, broodmare, dies

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Northern Sunset, 1995 Broodmare of the Year and the foundation mare for Virginia Kraft Payson's successful homebreeding program, died Thursday at Payson Stud in Kentucky. The mare was euthanized following a stroke. She was 26.

Payson bought Northern Sunset, a daughter of Northfields and the Ballymoss mare Moss Greine, for $105,000 at the 1982 Keeneland January sale. Payson's plan was to breed her to Pleasant Colony, in whom Payson held a share. The mating proved successful time and again. The Pleasant Colony-Northern Sunset cross produced Irish and French champion St. Jovite, winner of the 1991 Irish Derby; multiple graded stakes winner Salem Drive; and multiple Grade 2 winner Lac Ouimet.

Northern Sunset also produced Grade 3-winning millionaire L'Carriere, Group 1-placed Norberto, Group 3-placed Laurentide, and stakes-paced Sun Princessa. She also is the third dam of 2002 Kentucky Oaks winner and 3-year-old champion filly Farda Amiga.