04/04/2004 11:00PM

In the Wings, BC Turf winner and Singspiel's sire, dies at age 18

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - European champion In the Wings, winner of the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf and sire of 1996 grass champion Singspiel, died Saturday at age 18.

Laminitis had plagued the Sadler's Wells stallion during the last month. Officials at Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Kildangan Stud in Ireland decided to euthanize him after his condition declined "to spare him further pain," according to a statement issued by Kildangan manager Joe Osborne.

A homebred for Maktoum's Darley Stud organization, In the Wings raced primarily in France, although he won his best races in England and the United States. He won both his starts at 2 and captured the Group 3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at 3. But he blossomed into a world-class runner at 4, winning the Breeders' Cup Turf as well as England's Group 1 Coronation Cup and France's Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. He also won the Group 3 Prix Foy and finished second in the Group 1 Prix Ganay, both in France, that season.

As a stallion, In the Wings is best known as the sire of Singspiel, whose championship 1996 season featured wins in the Canadian International, Japan Cup, and a pair of English Group 3 events, as well as a second in the Breeders' Cup Turf. He went on to win the 1997 Juddmonte International and Coronation Cup in England and the Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

In the Wings also sired 1995 Irish Derby winner and Irish champion Winged Love; French Group 1 winner Act One; and English Group 2 winner Tillerman. His top runners also include such European champions as Masaya in Switzerland, Mamool and Kutub in Germany, and Tmirkanov and Marjan Soft in the Slovak Republic.

In the Wings covered mares earlier this season before developing laminitis, and eight of those mares have been confirmed in foal.

Stalwart euthanized at age 25

Stalwart, sire of 98 stakes performers including Grade 1 winner Things Change, died March 31 at age 25, Nuckols Farm in Midway, Ky., announced.

The stallion showed signs of colic a week before his death and was hospitalized at Hagyard Davidson McGee, where he showed signs of an infection that eventually led to his euthanasia.

Stalwart was a top 2-year-old in 1981 for his breeder and co-owner, John Oxley, and his victories in that year's Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes and Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity made him an early favorite for the 1982 Kentucky Derby. But injury knocked him off the Derby trail and he never ran at 3, retiring with a career record of 5-4-0-0 and earnings of $528,595. Stalwart went on to sire such outstanding runners as millionaire Stalwars; Grade 1 winner Things Change; and Grade 2 winners Kingpost, Stalwart Charger, Sacred Honour, and Stalcreek. His progeny earnings stand at more than $28.9 million.

Stalwart had stood at Nuckols Farm for the past five seasons and was advertised this year with a fee of $2,500.

Juveniles are clocked at Keeneland

The Keeneland select juveniles took to the track for the first of two under-tack shows Monday, setting top workout times of 21 seconds for a quarter-mile and 10.20 for an eighth.

The pair of 2-year-olds who covered a quarter-mile in 21 were Hip No. 221, a Pioneering-Scorch colt consigned by Robert Scanlon, agent, and Hip No. 232, a Dixie Union-Sneaky Quiet colt offered by Solitary Oak Farm (Danny Pate), agent.

Three 2-year-olds breezed an eighth in 10.20. They were Hip No. 2, a Red Ransom-Valid Bonnet filly consigned by Niall Brennan, agent; Hip No. 111, a Stravinsky-Golden Pond filly offered by Scanlon, agent; and Hip No. 177, a Cherokee Run-Not to be Outdone colt also consigned by Scanlon as agent.

The auction is set for April 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Keeneland sale pavilion.

Patchen Wilkes may rezone land

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Saturday that Warren Rosenthal, who owns the historic, 250-acre Patchen Wilkes farm on Winchester Road, has applied to rezone about 30 acres of his land to allow a shopping center. Current zoning allows medium-density housing on the property, and Lexington's city planning staff has recommended against the zoning change for retail space, the Herald-Leader reported.

The area, near an intersection with Interstate 75, already has seen a commercial boom. Hamburg Place - which sits across Winchester Road from Patchen Wilkes and was built in the early 1900's by the "Wizard of the Turf," John Madden - developed part of its historic property into a large shopping center called Hamburg Pavilion, with another 60 acres zoned for retail development. Some 3,000 houses are also planned for some of the remaining Hamburg Place land.

Rosenthal plans to develop 900 houses on Patchen Wilkes property, and said the proposed 30-acre retail area would serve those houses' residents. The Urban County Planning Commission is set to consider the request on April 22.

Patchen Wilkes was a famous Standardbred nursery in the late 1800's and early 1900's and stood one of the harness sport's great stallions, Peter the Great, from 1904-1917 before becoming a Thoroughbred farm. More recently, Patchen Wilkes has been in the news for producing four solid white Thoroughbreds.