Gainesway Farm stallion Mr. Greeley, sire of 53 stakes winners, was euthanized because of complications from laminitis on Tuesday. The son of Gone West was 18.
Mr. Greeley had been diagnosed with laminitis several weeks ago, according to Gainesway, and his condition began to deteriorate in recent days. The chestnut stallion had stood the 2010 season for an advertised fee of $50,000 and had stood for as high as $125,000 in 2008. He was scheduled to stand the 2011 season for $40,000.
"All of us at Gainesway are saddened at the loss of a great stallion," Gainesway President Antony Beck said in a statement. "He was not only a great stallion, he was a great horse."
A multiple Grade III winner on the track who was trained by Nick Zito, Mr. Greeley produced top runners both in North America and internationally. In addition to his English and Irish classic-winning daughter Finsceal Beo, Europe's champion 2-year-old filly in 2006, other Grade/Group 1 winners sired by Mr. Greeley include Nonsuch Bay, El Corredor, Celtic Melody, Whywhywhy, Saoirse Abu and Reel Buddy.
"He certainly left a very significant mark on the stud book," said Michael Hernon, director of sales for Gainesway. "He was a top horse capable of siring Grade I winners both here and in Europe. He dominated his mares, really stamped his progeny. And he rewarded many of the people who supported him.
"He was just a great, class horse to be around. He was no trouble. He is a big loss."
Out of the Reviewer mare Long Legend, Mr. Greeley began his stud career at Dixiana Farms in 1996. He was then moved to Spendthrift Farm for five seasons before joining the Gainesway roster in 2006.
From 12 crops of racing age, Mr. Greeley had 24 graded stakes winners, two champions, and progeny earnings of $50,438,968 to date.
Bred by Herman Sarkowsky and campaigned by William Condren and Joseph Cornacchia, Mr. Greeley will be buried at Gainesway.