Horse Racing

Stallion Stravinsky Dies in Japan at Age 27

European champion sprinter Stravinsky died Nov. 21 in Japan from infirmities of old age, according to a social media post from Shigeki Yusa of the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association. The stallion was 27.

“We are truly saddened to lose him and are grateful for all the support from his fans over the years,” Yusa posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Stravinsky was pensioned from stud duty in 2019 after standing at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station near Kagoshima, Japan. In addition to his time there, he previously stood at other farms worldwide, including Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. He also shuttled to New Zealand for stud duty during part of his stallion career.

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By Nureyev out of the Blushing Groom mare Fire the Groom, Stravinsky was bred in Kentucky by R. D. Hubbard, E. C. Allred, and C. Sczesny. He raced for Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, winning three of eight starts and $361,450 for trainer Aidan O’Brien, topped by a victory in the 1999 July Cup (G1) at Newmarket. 

He sired 18 crops of racing age and 75 stakes winners, including two champions. He sired 1,537 foals, 1,248 starters, and 901 winners of 3,172 races, and they earned $92,221,283, according to Equineline.

Stravinsky also became a successful broodmare sire, with 81 stakes winners produced by his daughters. One such daughter, Life Happened , became the dam of eventual Hall of Fame turf miler Tepin .


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