The well-known leading German stallion Lando, aged 23, had to be put down on August 20, 2013. Lando, sired by Acatenango out of Laurea, by Sharpman, sustained a spiral fracture of a leg in an effort to rise. He had just undergone serious colic surgery that was deemed successful.
The stallion was bred and owned all his life by Manfred Ostermann and Janet Leve-Ostermann. He was stood at stud and stabled at Gestut Hof Ittlingen, near Werne, Germany with the exception of a few years at Haras d'Etreham in France.
The official statement released on their website said,
He was the best horse we have bred on our farm. He was always an outstanding horse with an impeccable physique, a great interior, pride, fighting spirit, and toughness.
During Lando’s racing career, he achieved victories in 10 stakes that included six Group I wins in three different countries. He was the first German horse to win the celebrated Grade I Japan Cup. Holding several honors titles, Lando achieved a racing record of 10-3-1 from 24 starts, earning a total of $3,438,727.
Lando entered his stud career in 1997 and has 15 sons and daughters of racing age. His progeny includes 31 stakes winners, with seven of them being Group and Grade I winners.
Source: Blood Horse
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