Infirmities brought on by old age have taken another Thoroughbred life as European champion and sire Dayjur was euthanized on September 25. The announcement was made by Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. The stallion was 26.
Dayjur was bred in Kentucky by Georgia Hofmann and was by Danzig out of the champion sprinter Gold Beauty. Purchased at Keeneland by Sheikh Hamdan for $1.65 million, Dayjur was trained by [Major] Dick Hern, going on to win seven races and come in three times in the second slot out of a total of 11 starts.
He became Horse of the Year and was affectionately called "the fastest horse in the world" by the Racing Post. Dayjur established himself champion sprinter, was 3-year-old English champion in 1990, carried top weight in Europe and was champion 3-year-old in France.
The stallion ran a record-setting win in the Keeneland Nunthorpe S.-G1. In the Grade I Ladbroke Sprint, Dayjur went wire to wire for the victory. He also took the Grade I Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp carrying 137 pounds, and was victorious in the Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand S.-G2. Racehorse fans will remember his shadow jump in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint where he narrowly lost first place.
Shadwell vice president Rick Nichols said,
Dayjur was one great racehorse. He gave Sheikh Hamdan, and all of us at Shadwell, many great thrills –including his shadow-jumping antics in the Breeders’ Cup. He was the cornerstone of our stallion operation, and he was a wonderful horse to be around. He will be deeply missed.
Dayjur began is stud career for Shadwell Farm in 1991. He was sire of three champions, over 30 stakes winners, more than 60 stakes horses, and is lauded as a broodmare of major stakes winners.
He had been pensioned to a life of leisure since 2010.
Source: Paulick Report
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