Updated on 09/17/2011 6:54PM

Precise End survived hard start

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Precise End convincingly wins the Bay Shore at Aqueduct in April 2000 under Jorge Chavez. He would race just once more.

LEXINGTON, KY. - One of the consistently handsome and athletic types that made his sire, End Sweep, an immediate success at stud, Precise End proved a high-quality racehorse, winning stakes at 2 and 3, and is showing considerable promise with his first crop of racers this year.

His daughter Reddy for Rubys won the Lady Finger Stakes, and four other juveniles from the stallion's first crop are stakes runners. The one with the highest earnings is Seiun Vivace, a colt who ran third in the Group 3 Sapporo Nisai Stakes in Japan. Other stakes-placed runners by Precise End are Freddy the Cap and Accurate, who ran second and third in last month's Bertram F. Bongard Stakes.

All of the success that Precise End has found as a racehorse and sire would not have happened without a certain amount of stubbornness from trainer-manager Mark Casse and the horse himself.

Bred in Florida by Mockingbird Farm, Precise End was the victim of a serious accident as a yearling.

"As a yearling, he ran through a fence and tore himself up," Casse recalled. "He's quite a remarkable horse."

The accident happened sometime in the night, and Casse said, "I got a call about five in the morning, and they wanted to put him down."

Casse, as general manager of Mockingbird, was consulted in a dire situation like this, and, he said, "When they called for permission to put him down, I said, 'Hold on, and I'll come down there.' "

Casse is a practical horseman. He knows that sometimes nothing can be done. Sometimes the kindest thing is to put one down. But he knew this colt because, he said, "I had gone through the day before, graded the yearlings, and given him a great grade."

Casse decided to try to save Precise End.

"I went to the barn, and he was literally standing on his hide," he said. "He had peeled the skin off from his elbow to the ground. It took about 400 stitches, and he stood in his stall about four months to heal. Even after that, he occasionally would get an abscess high on his left leg where he'd had a puncture."

Had they put the colt down, there would be no story. He wouldn't be the sire of 11 winners and five stakes horses in New York this season.

But Precise End's trials didn't end with his fine bay hide being repaired. Apparently, he also had injured himself behind in his struggle with the fence.

"We took him to the 2-year-old sale, X-rayed him just before, found out that he had cracked his hind sesamoid in two pieces, and that's how we ended up keeping him for Mockingbird," Casse said.

The fracture had knitted on its own, apparently quite well due to the stall rest the colt had been on to recuperate from the lacerations. But it was the sort of injury that would not be acceptable to buyers at a sale of horses in training.

Mockingbird put him in training, and he won 3 of 7 starts at 2, including the Display Stakes. He was third in all his other races that year, including the Summer, Cowdin, and Colin stakes.

Casse said that "while Precise End was racing, he never would break, because, I think, that hind ankle would bother him. He would spot the field five lengths or so and then be leading by the quarter."

The colt's racing career was limited to two starts at 3. "We ran him in the Bay Shore, which he won impressively," Casse said, "and then he was in front in the Withers and broke the sesamoid again. He was second that day; made it about 10 yards past the wire."

That was the end of the horse's racing career, but he has been well received as a stallion. Retired to stand in New York at Lakland North, Precise End had his first crop of yearlings sell last year for a median price of five times his $6,000 stud fee, the highest price being $95,000. And at the sales of juveniles in training during the late winter and spring of 2004, Precise End's 2-year-olds sold for as much as $270,000.

Now, the horse is one of the hottest regional freshmen sires. "Given all he had to overcome, it's not surprising he's done as well as he has," Casse said. "He was a talented racehorse but never got to prove it completely."

Precise End will continue to stand for $6,000 live foal in 2005.