03/24/2011 6:56PM

The Wicked North euthanized at age 22


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Wicked North, 1994's champion older horse, was euthanized Thursday at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute due to complications from an intestinal lipoma strangulation, a condition in which an internal growth wraps around a horse's intestine.

The Wicked North was 22 and had been pensioned at the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., since 2008.

"He was a great champion," Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said. "He was fine last night, but Kent Ralstin, our assistant farm manager, discovered his discomfort early this morning. The Wicked North had a ton of class. And it was all on display at the end."

A chestnut son of Far North and Wicked Witchcraft, The Wicked North won the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap and Californian Stakes in 1994, setting a Hollywood 1 1/8-mile track record of 1:46.69 in the Californian. Racing from ages 2 to 5, he also won the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap in 1994 and the Grade 3 Bing Crosby and San Francisco Handicaps, the latter on turf, in 1993. He placed in five other stakes, four of them graded, and retired with earnings of $1,180,750 with a career record of 8 wins in 17 starts, as well as four second-place finishes and one third.

The Phillip and Sophie Hersh Trust campaigned The Wicked North, and David Bernstein trained him.

The Wicked North was bred by Edward Zurek and sold for just $10,000 at Keeneland's January all-ages sale as a yearling.

As a sire, The Wicked North got stakes winners as Red's Lady and Outofnowhere. From 10 crops, he had progeny earnings of more than $2.4 million.