NY-Bred Champ Say Florida Sandy Dies


Say Florida Sandy | Courtesy Old Friends Farm

Multiple graded-stakes winner Say Florida Sandy (Personal Flag–Lolli Lucka Lolli, by Sweet Candy) died from an apparent heart attack July 11. A full necropsy on the 24-year-old stallion is pending.

“It’s been a privilege to retire one of the top New York-breds of all time,” said Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder and President Michael Blowen. “Sandy was a very sensitive stallion, so he was placed at Hurstland Farm in Midway, Kentucky, under the watchful eye of owner Alfred Nuckols, who took the greatest care of him.”

Bred by Sanford Bacon, the New York bred spent much of his seven-year racing career in the Empire State, where he garnered a trio of New York sprint championships and a New York Horse of the Year title in 2001, the former claimer retired in 2003 with 33 wins–17 at the stakes level–from 98 starts and career earnings of $2,085,408. Listed among his most important victories were the GII True North H., GIII Philadelphia Park Breeders’ Cup H., the GIII Bold Ruler H. and a pair of wins in the GIII Gravesend H.

Say Florida Sandy, who entered stud in 2004, stood for 10 years at Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook, New York. As a sire, he is represented by stakes winner Say Toba Sandy, who won the 2007 Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies S.

Say Florida Sandy was pensioned by his syndicate and retired to Old Friends in 2014.

“We are grateful to breeder Sanford Bacon and to Walter Downey, who managed Sandy’s syndicate, for allowing us to care for their champion.”


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