Tinners Way, the last colt born of horse racing great Secretariat, died Wednesday.
The stallion, 27, lived at Old Friends Farm, a horse retirement farm in Georgetown, according to a news release from the farm.
Bryan Waldridge, resident veterinarian of the farm, said the horse was euthanized because of acute onset of severe neurological disease. He has been treated for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, a disease that affects the central nervous system.
Waldridge said in the release: “He did have some lingering neurological effects from a previous infection.”
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Tinners Way was bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, in Lexington. His racing career began in Europe, where he won three of his seven starts in England and France, including the City of York Stakes and the Milcars Temple Fortune Stakes on the turf as a 3-year-old.
Tinners Way was sent to stud in 1997 after 27 starts, seven wins, and career earnings of more than $1.8 million. He stood at Vinery in Kentucky, Harris Farms in California, and finally at Key Ranch in Texas, where he retired in 2010 as the richest racehorse in Texas. He was donated to Old Friends by owners Phil Leckinger and Jerry Hardin in September 2010.
Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends, said he was saddened by Tinners Way’s death.
“He leaves behind a great legacy and a host of adoring fans,” he said in the press release.