Harlan’s Holiday was euthanized in Argentina
WinStar Farm's top juvenile sire Harlan’s Holiday had to be euthanized on November 1 at Haras Firmamento Farm in Mar de Plata, Argentina. He had been standing in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Harlan’s Holiday was 14.
He had a normal day on November 1 and bred a mare in the afternoon without experiencing any difficulties. As he was returning to his stall, he suddenly lost all use of his hind quarters. “He prolapsed intestine from his rectum” and went into shock. Veterinarians rushed to his aid but all efforts to repair the prolapse were unsuccessful. Harlan’s Holiday had to be put down.
WinStar general manager Chris Baker stated in a new release,
This is a horrible tragedy. There is some comfort in knowing that I was at Firmamento just two weeks ago and found Harlan's Holiday to be the picture of health receiving the highest standard of care. In the end, we are greatly saddened by this loss, not only for the shareholders but also for the breed.
Bred in Ohio by Double D Farm Corp, Harlan's Holiday is out of Christmas in Aiken by Affirmed. The stallion was a multiple grade I-winning millionaire on the track. He was in the prime of his career as a brilliant sire in North America, enjoying several terrific years and breaking records. His colt Shanghai Bobby became an Eclipse Award and Breeders’ Cup winner, and an undefeated Grade I winner. Three other notable get include graded-stakes winners Hakeem, Ami’s Holiday and Poker Player.
Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing said,
It was an honor and a privilege to own Harlan's Holiday throughout his racing career. He gave my family and our partners many thrills, and helped deepen our appreciation of the equine industry. It is a sad day for all involved.
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