09/09/2003 12:00AM

Sandpit dies at age 14


Multiple Grade 1 winner and Brazilian champion Sandpit died on Sept. 4 at Lexington's Hagyard Davidson McGee veterinary clinic in Lexington, Ky. A 14-year-old stallion at Spendthrift Farm, Sandpit had a malignant liver tumor.

"He had been in good condition and finished the breeding season well," Suzie Picou-Oldham, a Spendthrift representative, said Tuesday.

The stallion went off his feed and began to show discomfort, prompting Spendthrift to send him to the clinic five days before his death.

Trained in North America by Richard Mandella, Sandpit won the 1994 Oak Tree Invitational, 1995 Caesars International Handicap and San Luis Rey Stakes, and 1996 Caesars International and Hollywood Turf handicaps for his four North American Grade 1 wins. Before his importation at age 5, Sandpit had been champion 3-year-old in his native Brazil. He earned $3,247,837 in his racing career.

A son of Irish-bred sire Baynoun and a French-bred Green Dancer mare, Sand Dancer, Sandpit sired stakes winners Sheza Nasty Lady, Bolaro, and Ashbecca from his three crops to race. He has progeny earnings of more than $2.3 million. He stood in 2003 for a fee of $3,500 and covered a small book of mares this season.

He will be buried at Spendthrift.