‘Black Sam’ Passes Away at 19


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Italian highweight Black Sam Bellamy (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells–Urban Sea, by Miswaki), a full-brother to G1 Epsom Derby hero and superstar sire Galileo (Ire), died on Monday of a congestive heart issue, Shade Oak Stud announced on Facebook. He was 19. A winner of the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and G1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club for trainer Aidan O’Brien and owners John Magnier and Michael Tabor, the half-brother to Epsom Derby victor Sea The Stars (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) earned $680,472 with four wins in 18 starts.

“He had been ill for several weeks with a congestive heart problem,” said Shade Oak Stud owner Peter Hockenhull. “Unfortunately on Monday his condition deteriorated markedly and it was obvious that we had reached the end of the road, so with great sadness we had to bid him farewell.”

Bred by Sunderland Holdings and Orpendale in Ireland and produced by the blue hen G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe scorer Urban Sea, Black Sam Bellamy was a half-brother to Irish highweight and GSW Urban Ocean (Fr) (Bering {GB}), SW & MG1SP Melikah (Ire) (Lammtarra), MGSW & GISP My Typhoon (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway), the GSP Cherry Hinton (GB) (Green Desert) and SW & G1SP Born to Sea (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

Purchased by Gestut Fahrhof where he stood from 2004 to 2008, the full to G1 Epsom Oaks second All Too Beautiful (Ire) was leased by Shade Oak Stud for the rest of his stud career. On the flat, Black Sam Bellamy’s best progeny was triple Group 1 winner Earl Of Tinsdal (Ger), and he is credited with seven additional black-type winners. In the National Hunt sphere, Black Sam Bellamy is responsible for Grade 1 hurdle winner Sam Spinner (GB) among several stakes winners.

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