01/08/2016 3:46PM

Stakes winner Flick dies at 24


Flick, a Grade 2-placed stakes winner and resident of Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized Friday due to complications from colic.

The 24-year-old gelded son of Kris had resided at Old Friends since January 2009, and was best recognized on tours as the pasturemate of Grade 3 winner Danthebluegrassman.

"Our consulting vet Dr. Bryan Waldridge did all he could for Flick, who was taken to the Park Equine Clinic in Versailles [Ky.] on Tuesday," said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. "But the horse's health continued to deteriorate and it was decided that we should not prolong his suffering. Bryan was with him until the end, and for that we're very grateful. 

"He was a wonderful horse and a favorite among our volunteers and our visitors. We're also so thankful to [owner] Judy Carmel. She's been a great friend and a great supporter and we're so glad she let us care for her terrific athlete all these years."

Bred in Great Britain by Side Hill Stud, Flick raced three times in England, finishing second in two of those starts, before being purchased by Carmel and continuing his 2-year-old campaign in Southern California. He spent the bulk of his career in California and Arizona from that point on, and raced for Carmel until age 10, at which point he retired with eight wins in 51 starts and earnings of $515,826.

Flick’s most notable victories came in the 1997 Paradise Mile at Turf Paradise and the 1998 The Wicked North Handicap. His starts were divided almost evenly between dirt and turf, with dirt placings in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap and Mervyn LeRoy Handicap.

"He was all heart every time he went to the track, and he always went to win," Carmel said. "He was everything you wanted a horse to be and he was always my favorite."

Flick was one of the first Thoroughbreds to successfully undergo autologous stem cell and bone marrow treatments in 2000 after tearing a suspensory ligament at age 8. He went on to race two more years after the procedure, including a win in a Santa Anita claiming race during his final campaign.

Flick was out of the unplaced Sadler’s Wells mare Thakhayr, whose eight winners from 12 foals to race also included stakes-placed steeplechaser Dock Tower. His extended family includes Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, Grade 1 winner Asi Siempre, Hong Kong Group 1 winner Tiber, Turkish Horse of the Year Ribella, and Turkish champion Deha.