Five-time Grade I winner and sire Devil His Due (Devil's Bag–Plenty O'Toole, by Raise a Cup) was euthanized Monday morning due to infirmities of old age, Margaux Farm general manager Michael Hardy announced. The stallion, pensioned at the farm since the conclusion of the 2013 breeding season, was 28 years old.
Bred in Kentucky by Peter Blum, Devil His Due campaigned for Lion Crest Stable and Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens on the racetrack and captured 11 of his 41 starts, earning $3.9 million. His five wins at the highest level came in the GI Wood Memorial S., GI Gulfstream Park H., GI Pimlico Special H. and the GI Suburban H. (twice). Among his most memorable victories was a dead heat win shared with Lure (Danzig) in the 1992 GII Gotham S. at Aqueduct. The dark bay entered stud in 1996 and produced 1048 foals in 18 crops, accounting for 673 winners. Among his 40 black-type winners is 2005 G1 Dubai World Cup hero Roses in May.
“Devil His Due was a truly great horse,” Hardy said. “He was the type of racehorse that anyone would want to own or breed. His soundness and resilience on the track was matched only by the tenacity that he instilled in his offspring. He will be missed by all here at the farm.”