Grand Slam Stallion
Grand Slam Stallion

Grand Slam (USA)

(Photo : Coolmore)


Gone West (USA) - Bright Candles (USA)

1995 - 2012

Grand Slam (Gone West - Bright Candles by El Gran Senor) died Saturday at Ashford Stud in Kentucky due to heart failure, according to a statement issued by Coolmore. He was 17.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and owned by Robert and Christina Baker, William Mack and David Cornstein, the son of fellow Lukas-trained MGSW and MGISP Bright Candles kicked off his juvenile campaign with a track-record setting 11-length romp going 5 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park in July. Later that fall, the bay added victories in the GI Champagne Stakes and GI Futurity Stakes before failing to finish in a problem-laiden running of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

At three, he added a score in the GII Peter Pan Stakes, finished second in the GII Swaps Stakes and GII Jerome Handicap and was also third in the GI Haskell Invitaional Handicap. The Overbrook Farm-bred rounded out his sophomore campaign, and his career, with a runner-up finish in the 1998 GI Breeders’ Cup.

At stud, Grand Slam sired 2003 GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat, Canadian turf champion Grand Adventure and 2008 GI King’s Bishop Stakes winner Visionaire (now a resident Stallion at Summerhill). He is also responsible for multiple graded stakes winners Limehouse and Strong Hope, in addition to Millionreasonswhy, the winner of last season’s GII Matron Stakes who is a contender for the GI Kentucky Oaks.

Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said, “Grand Slam was a pleasure to have here and he was very popular with breeders, as he sired nearly 800 winners and had progeny earnings of over $64 million. It’s a sad day for the staff here who worked with him and for all the partners who were involved with the horse and who have always been fantastic to deal with.”

Extract from Thoroughbreddailynews