09/06/2011 11:08AM

Stallion Alumni Hall dead at age 12


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 3 winner Alumni Hall, a half-brother to 2000 Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status, died on June 23.

The 12-year-old A. P. Indy stallion was euthanized due to complications associated with heart failure, according to Jason LaMarche-Hunderup, manager of Norse Ridge Farms in Ontario, Canada. Alumni Hall had stood at Norse Ridge since 2008 after initially retiring to stud at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky. He stood this year for $3,500 Canadian.

“It was a real honor for me to work with such a classy horse. He was spectacular-looking, and he was a real gentleman to work around,” said LaMarche-Hunderup, adding that the horse’s foals have been “very bright and precocious.”

Alumni Hall’s first foals are 2-year-olds this year.

Running from ages 5 to 8, Alumni Hall won a pair of Grade 3 races at Keeneland in 2005, the Ben Ali Stakes and the Fayette Stakes, in a career that also featured wins in the Maxxam Gold Cup and Black Tie Affair handicaps. He placed in seven other stakes, six of them graded, in the United States. He also was second in Canada’s Grade 3 Eclipse Stakes. Alumni Hall earned $747,756 from 26 lifetime starts, winning nine times.

Will Farish, James Elkins, and W. Temple Webber, Jr., bred and raced Alumni Hall, and Norse Ridge stood him on Lane’s End’s behalf. He was out of the Grade 1-placed Alydar mare Private Status.