01/23/2010 12:00AM

Out of Place euthanized at age 23


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Claiborne Farm stallion Out of Place was euthanized at age 23 on Wednesday after fracturing his right rear femur in a paddock accident, Claiborne farm manager Bradley Purcell said.

The late Cynthia Phipps's homebred son of Cox's Ridge began his stud career in Florida in 1993 but moved to Claiborne Farm, where he was foaled, in 1999. He is the sire of Grade 2 winner and millionaire Nightmare Affair and a host of other graded winners, including graded winners Certain, Fonz's, Union Place, and Orville N Wilbur's. In 2009, his gelded son Free Fighter won the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap. Out of Place also is the sire of Jamaican champion Pure Mud and Dominican champion Kristin's Place. At his death, he was the sire of 39 stakes winners and had a high career average of 15 percent stakes performers from starters.

From 15 crops to race, Out of Place so far has sired earners of more than $31.7 million.

Out of Place won the Grade 3 Clark Handicap in 1991 and seven other races in a 25-race career for earnings of $733,450. He placed in eight other stakes, including a second in the 1992 Whitney and a third in that year's Woodward.

Out of Place was a son of the Grade 1-placed Damascus mare Arabian Dancer. He was a full brother to Grade 1-placed Frolic and half-brother to Grade 3 winner Lead Kindly Light, the dam of Gold Fever.

He will be buried at Claiborne's Marchmont cemetery.