06/18/2007 12:00AM

Waquoit euthanized at 24


Waquoit, the runaway winner of the 1988 Jockey Club Gold Cup and sire of 30 stakes winners, was euthanized on Thursday at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., because of the infirmities of old age, according to the farm. Waquoit was 24.

A gray son of Relaunch out of the Grey Dawn II mare Grey Parlo, Waquoit won $2.2 million on the racetrack before retiring to stud duty for the 1989 breeding season at Northview, which opened that year. He went on to sire 573 foals who have earned $25 million to date. His runners include Halo America, the winner of the 1996 Apple Blossom Handicap, and Docent, a winner of eight stakes.

Waquoit was Maryland's leading juvenile sire in 1993, and his progeny earned $1 million or more for 12 consecutive seasons. He covered some mares during this year's breeding season, according to a spokesperson for the farm, Linda Bench, and was owned by a syndicate.