Canadian Horse of the Year Afleet has died at the Breeders Stallion Station in Japan. He was 30.
Afleet (Mr Prospector – Polite Lady by Venetian Jester) was a homebred for Taylor Made Farm in partnership with Richard Kennedy. He landed the G1 Jerome Hcp, G2 Pennsylvania Derby, Woodbine Plate and Queenston Stakes en route to Sovereign Award honours in 1987.
He bowed out with a fast-finishing third to fellow Mr Prospector colt Gulch in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Afleet (Can) retired to Kentucky-based Taylor Made Farm in 1989 and was sold to stand in Japan in 1994.
Afleet stood at the Breeders Stallion Station until he was pensioned in 2011. He has sired 67 stakes winners including several Group 1 winners, however, his most productive son proved to be Group 2 winner Northern Afleet.
Based at Taylor Made, Northern Afleet has sired of G1 Preakness & Belmont Stakes winner and sire Afleet Alex, G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Amazombie and G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Big City Man.
Afleet’s Australian based sons included the Group winners Blu Tusmani (Glenlogan Park) and Afleetaffair who stood in WA and Queensland.