Several days ago, another well-known German sire had to be euthanized. Dashing Blade, 26, had begun to exhibit neurological problems. He was a triple Group 1 winner and successful sire.
Dashing Blade by Elegant Air was bred and trained by Ian Balding. He began his successes early, becoming a top-class juvenile and champion two-year old in Ireland.
As a three-year-old colt, Dashing Blade had both an upset and fine races. He finished his racing career after a good win in the outstanding Gran Premio d'Italia at San Siro. Dashing Blade became a three-time Group 1 winner. Out of 11 starts, he won six races for his owner Jeff Smith, earning a total of $550,075.
The stallion was retired to the breeding shed at age four, where he became “a regular source of winners.” Dashing Blade numbers Lord of England and Faberger as two of his talented winners, both having Group I victories.
Dashing Blade spent his years at stud at Gestut Etzean. He became a leading broodmare sire, generating daughters that produced six-time Group/Grade 1 winner Stacelita, twice winner of the Lancashire Oaks Barshiba and dual Group 1 winner Earl Of Tinsdale.
Source: Paulick Report
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