06/09/2008 12:00AM

Silver Hawk euthanized


Silver Hawk, a prominent sire both in the United States and overseas, was euthanized on the evening of June 5 because of the infirmities of old age, Airdrie Stud announced Monday. A son of Roberto, sire of 70 stakes winners, Silver Hawk was 29.

Silver Hawk stood his entire stud career at Airdrie in Midway, Ky., and was pensioned there in 2003, remaining in the stallion barn as a beloved farm fixture.

beloved farm fixture.

"I really can't begin to tell you what Silver Hawk mean for Airdrie Stud," said Bret Jones, Airdrie's bloodstock services manager and son of the farm's owners, Brereton and Elizabeth Jones. "In the early '90s when the market was down and times were tough, I think it is fair to say that Silver Hawk kept our doors open. He was a real godsend for us, and we owe him a lifetime of gratitude."

Bred in Kentucky by Clovelly Farms, Silver Hawk campaigned for Buckram Oak Farm in England and Ireland, where he won the Group 3 Craven Stakes, was second in the Irish Derby, and finished third in the Epsom Derby in 1982.

Silver Hawk sired such outstanding stakes winners as the 1997 Epsom Derby winner, Benny the Dip, and the 1999 St. Leger victor, Mutafaweq, as well as European champion Lady in Silver and divisional highweights Mubtaker, Exhibit One, and Narooma, among others; and Grade 1 winners Hawk Attack, Hawkster, Memories of Silver, Nashoba's Key, Red Bishop, Silver Ending, and Wonder Again.

Silver Hawk also is the sire of Japanese champion Grass Wonder and Panamanian champion Percentile.

Silver Hawk has been buried beside his stallion barn at Airdrie.