Adena Springs announced on Thursday that multiple Grade I winner Tiago was euthanized after a long battle with an inoperable chronic digestive disorder. The son of Pleasant Tap was 11.
Bred and raced by Jerry and Ann Moss, Tiago broke his maiden second out at Santa Anita on January 21, 2007 and captured the Grade I Santa Anita Derby some 10 weeks later. The victory earned him a berth in the Kentucky Derby, a race won by his half-brother Giacomo two years prior. After a seventh place run in Louisville, Tiago finished third in the Belmont Stakes and later added the Grade II Swaps Stakes, Grade I Goodwood Stakes and Grade II Oaklawn Handicap to his resume. He retired to Adena Springs for the 2010 breeding season having bankrolled over $2.3 million.
Tiago suffered his first major bout of colic in 2012 and did not service mares that year. Since that episode Tiago has been under the care of Adena Springs Kentucky stallion manager Bill Drury and his dedicated staff.
"Tiago was a wonderful horse to be around and Frank would like to thank Jerry and Ann Moss for entrusting us with his care", said Adena Springs General Manager Eoin Ryan. "That we're making this announcement in November of 2015 and not in 2012 is a testament to Bill Drury and the Adena Springs stallion team who have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep Tiago happy and strong the past three years."
Among the runners sired by Tiago is the Mary Lou Whitney homebred Viva Majorca, winner of the 2015 Kelly's Landing Stakes and third to Private Zone and The Big Beast in the Grade I Forego Handicap.
Tiago will be buried in the Adena Springs Kentucky farm cemetery.