02/25/2014 4:51PM

Urbane, Grade 1 winner and stakes producer, dies at 22


Multiple Grade 1 winner and stakes producer Urbane died on Feb. 25 after giving birth to her final foal the night before. The Citidancer mare was 22.

“When one life ends, another begins,” owner Samantha Siegel wrote on her Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. “Urbane gave us an Into Mischief filly last night then passed away a few hours later.”

Urbane was a seven-time stakes winner for the Siegel family, who purchased her for just $25,000 as a yearling. Her career was highlighted by Grade 1 victories in the 1995 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Race Course and the 1996 John A. Morris Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. She placed in eight other stakes, including a runner-up effort in the 1995 Kentucky Oaks. In all, she won eight of 18 career starts, earning $1,018,568.

Urbane is the dam of six winners from eight starters, led by millionaire Suave. The son of A.P. Indy won the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap, Grade 2 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap, and Grade 3 Northern Dancer Stakes, and was runner-up in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Worldly, a full brother to Suave, won the 2011 Prairie Meadows Handicap and placed in eight other stakes. Wordly was purchased by Chris Brothers’s Xavier International Bloodstock for $200,000 last fall at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, shortly after finishing third in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

Urbane’s Into Mischief filly is her first foal delivered since Creative Evil, a Distorted Humor colt, in 2011. The 3-year-old has yet to start.

Out of the Pleasant Colony mare Dumfries Pleasure, Urbane was a half-sister to Irish classic placed Karsavina. It is the family of Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer No Review, leading sire Lyphard, Grade 1 winner and sires Another Review and Flower Alley, and Grade/Group 1 winners Nobiliary and Ashkal Way.