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Bull Inthe Heather, who captured the 1993 Florida Derby, passed away April 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Kentucky. He was 24 and had been suffering from a combination of health issues that necessitated him being euthanized.

Bull Inthe Heather earned $508,338 during his racing career. He was bred by John Franks and Claiborne Farm of Kentucky and trained by Howard Tesher. Arthur I. Klein owned him during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons, before the lanky grey was acquired by Craig Singer and partners for his 4- and 5-year-old seasons.

During his stallion career the son of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand-Heather Road stood in Washington and New Mexico, producing progeny who earned $1,031,298. Some of his top performers include Bullishdemands and Ogygian’s Rose.

He was retired to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in 2006 and in 2012 a Breyer horse was created in his honor.

"He was probably the toughest horse at Old Friends and yet he was kind and loved to have his back rubbed,” said Old Friends President and Founder Michael Blowen. “He was a staff favorite and we will miss him very much."

Old Friend’s “Hops & Horses” benefit event, set for April 10, will feature an honorary glass of Bull Inthe Heather, with artwork by Anjelica Huston.

For more information on Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center and this upcoming event, go to