02/06/2009 12:00AM

Seeking Daylight euthanized at 11


The circle of life combines the pain of loss with the joy of new arrivals, and the stallions of Maryland Stallion Station completed the circle during the first week of February.

Seeking Daylight, a son of Seeking the Gold who was a member of the Maryland Stallion Station contingent that was moved to Shamrock Farms in Woodbine, Md., was euthanized at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., on Feb. 1 following colic surgery. Maryland's leading freshman sire of 2007, he was 11.

Campaigned by his breeder, Edward P. Evans, Seeking Daylight had a meteoric career at the track. Undefeated in two starts at 2, he missed his entire 3-year-old season but returned at 4 to take the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap by an impressive 8 1/4 lengths. Unfortunately, that was to be his final race. He retired with 4 wins from 7 starts and earnings of $244,710.

Evans retained half ownership in Seeking Daylight and strongly supported him during his stud career. Evans bred the first stakes winner by the stallion, the filly Dance Hall Days, who captured Monmouth Park's Serena's Song Stakes last year at 3.

There was renewed interest in Seeking Daylight, said Don Litz of Maryland Stallion Station, as the stallion was getting good numbers. He had 20 winners from 32 starters in his first two crops.

In addition, foals from Seeking Daylight's first Southern Hemisphere crop are now reaching the races. Seeking Daylight had been shuttling to Haras La Providencia in Hinojo, Argentina, since 2005.

"They are very high on his runners in Argentina," Litz said.

Seeking Daylight had returned from South America in late December.

"He always thrived when he was in Argentina and looked good on his return," Litz said.

Seeking Daylight, out of the graded -stakes-winning mare Play all Day, has 48 2-year-olds in his dual hemisphere crops.

Four days after the loss of Seeking Daylight came word of the birth of Greek Sun's first foal at Shamrock. The colt out of the Gentlemen mare Alafair was bred by Robin Graham and Mary Jones.

Jim Steele, longtime manager of Shamrock Farms as well as the breeding operation manager for Maryland Stallion Station, said he is pleased with Greek Sun's first foal.

"He is what you like to see," Steele said. "He has a lot of bone, is very intelligent, and while big, he is very precocious."

Greek Sun was a precocious runner, winning both his starts at 2, including the Hill Rise Stakes on the turf at one mile. A son of Danzig, Greek Sun raced in the colors of Peter Angelos's Marathon Farm and was a turf star on the rise, taking the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby and Grade 3 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap, and finishing second to Kitten's Joy in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes in four starts at 3.

Greek Sun never regained form after a long layoff in two subsequent starts and retired with earnings of $343,097 from eight starts. Now 8, Greek Sun is out of the stakes-winning Trempolino mare Sunlit Silence, a half-sister to graded winner Madame Pandit, the dam of Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Mea Domina. Greek Sun, who was bred to 20 mares in 2008, remains the property of Marathon Farm. He is standing his second season at Shamrock Farms for $3,500.

Maryland-breds in Experimental Free

Four Maryland-bred runners appeared on this year's Experimental Free Handicap, the weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds. Although restricted races are not considered in determining the weights, Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes winner Peace Town (by Peace Rules), bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable, earned the highest number, at 103 pounds. The colt was eligible based on a second-place finish in the Trapp Mountain Stakes at Belmont Park.

Three Maryland-bred and Maryland-sired fillies made the grade. Fools in Love (by Not for Love), bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine Voss, was weighted at 101 pounds after placing in three stakes, including a second in the Sorority and third in the Colleen at Monmouth.

Weighted one pound less were Gonna Dash (by Great Notion, bred by Lewisfield Farm) and Onearmedbandit (by No Armistice, bred by David Daniel). Each won stakes at Charles Town.

The top-ranked runner for a Maryland stallion was Jose Adan, by Murmur Farm's Crypto Star, who was assigned 111 pounds. The gelding, bred in Illinois by Renee and Wayne Catalano Racing Stable Ltd., was second (disqualified from first) in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity.