Time’s up for Kentucky bred stallions

Veteran Kentucky bred stallion Slew City Slew has died at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky.  He was 29.

Slew City Slew (Seattle Slew) had been pensioned since September 2011 because of declining fertility.  His death follows news that fellow Kentucky bred sire Brian’s Time had been put down in Japan.

Slew City Slew was a G1 winner of the Gulfstream Park Hcp and Oaklawn Hcp in 1989 before retiring as a six year-old.  There have been 55 stakes winners to date and his progeny have earned more than $46 million.

Lava Man proved to be Slew City Slew’s most prominent runner.  He duplicated the feat of the great Native Diver when winning three consecutive editions of the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup.  One of California’s all-time greats, he also won the G1 Santa Anita Hcp twice plus the G1 Pacific Classic Stakes and G1 Charles Whittingham Memorial.

Brian’s Time fractured his right femur and was euthanized at Arrow Farm in Japan.  He was 28.

Bred at Darby Dan Farm, he was a G1 winner of the 1988 Florida Derby and was also placed in that year’s Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes.

A son of Roberto, like Red Ransom and Dynaformer, he was sent to Japan and sired 1994 Japanese Triple Crown winner Narita Brian in his first crop.  Japanese Oaks winner Chokai Carol was also a member of that initial crop.

He subsequently sired two more Japanese Derby winners – Sunny Brian and Tanino Gimlet.  The latter sired Japanese Horse of the Year Vodka.

Brian’s Time began his stud career at C B Stud but was transferred to Arrow Stud in 2005 when C B Stud owner Koichiro Hayata began a five-year gaol sentence for misusing syndicate funds under his management.