Former racehorse Clever Allemont, the 1985 Rebel Stakes winner, was euthanized Monday at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown.
He was 32 and had been suffering from colic, the farm said.
Clever Allemont was rescued from a slaughter auction in Kansas in 2008 by fans of the late Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. The next year, he was brought to Old Friends, where he became one of the most popular retirees there. He was deaf from old age and had lost an eye.
Clever Allemont got birthday cards from all over the world, and his gentle sociability despite his past hardships and present challenges inspired many, Old Friends' president Michael Blowen said in a news release.
"Clever Allemont was such a great asset to Old Friends," Blowen said. "He was the kindest, friendliest stallion on the farm. He inspired deaf people because he was deaf, visually impaired people because he enjoyed life though he'd lost an eye, anybody who knew what it's like to overcome hardship."
The son of Clever Trick won $316,329 in 47 starts with eight first-place finishes, seven seconds and seven thirds before entering stud in 1988. He sired 167 foals, 125 starters and 72 winners for progeny earnings of $1,038,007 on the track. He also sired American Quarter Horse Association, show jumper and dressage progeny.
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