The Thoroughbred world has lost a number of mature sires this summer and here is another stallion to tell you about. Boggs Shoemaker, owner of Timber Ridge Farm, Felton, Pennsylvania, made the announcement that Fasting, 23, had died in July. Fasting was known as a specialist for running on the turf and was a twice Grade I winner. He was at Timber Ridge at the time of his death from the infirmities of old age.
Fasting was bred in Ireland by Ballymacoll Stud Farm. He was out of City Fortress, by Troy.
Trained by David Smaga, the gray colt raced as a homebred for Ballymacoll that is owned by the Weinstock and the Sobell families.
Winning in his first race out at Deauville, France, he had another win in the Prix Herod in France. He did not fare so well in his next seven starts.
As a three-year-old horse, Fastness was bought by Evergreen Farms and was placed under the training of Jenine Sahadi. He had 14 United States starts in which Fastness was only out of the money three times.
Fastness set a course record in the Grade IIT Citation Handicap and equalled the course record in the Grade IIT Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes. As a 5-year-old he finished second in the Grade IT Breeders' Cup Mile.
Altogether, Fastness accrued a race record of 9-6-1 resulting from 24 starts. He earned a total of $1,581,165.
In 1997 Fastness started his stud career, standing at Gainesway in Kentucky, remaining there for five years. Making a few changes in Pennsylvania, he came to Timber Ridge from Fox Tale Stud in December 2008.
We had good support for him when he arrived (at Timber Ridge), and were able to book him to good mares. He has always been in demand here and had a full book... He threw babies that resembled him; had his head and face, But he didn't breed particularly precocious 2-year-olds; most take a few years to develop. I own a few of his foals, and I'll be waiting to see how they grow.
In 2013 Fastness covered nine mares. He sired 97 winners including the grand Canadian colt Le Cinquieme Essai.
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