Classic-Place Isfahani Passes Away

Darius Racing's Group 3 winner Isfahani (Ger) (Isfahan {Ger}--Identity {Ger}, by Manduro {Ger}), who was runner-up in the 2021 G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks), died suddenly on Thursday. An autopsy is pending. Dr. Stefan Oschmann's Racing Manager Holger Faust said in a statement, "Unfortunately we have to announce that Isfahani passed away suddenly and surprisingly today. We requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. It's very sad, she was Dr. Oschmann's favorite horse." Bred by Gestut Karlshof, the chestnut filly was purchased by Faust for €36,000...

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Bernardini Dead at 18

Classic winner and leading sire Bernardini (A.P. Indy-Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) was euthanized July 30 at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Central Kentucky due to complications from laminitis. The 18-year-old stallion, a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed's operation, has stood at Jonabell since he was retired for the 2007 breeding season. "Bernardini was one of a kind," said Michael Banahan, director of farm operations for Godolphin USA. "From the day he was born, he exuded class. He was that crop's best foal, best yearling, and best racehorse. His brilliance was only...

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Group 1 Sire Diamond Green Dead at 19

GSW and French Classic-placed Diamond Green (Fr) (Green Desert-Diamonaka {Fr}, by Akarad {Fr}) has passed away from a heart attack after covering a mare at Haras des Etincelles on Friday, the stud announced on Facebook Saturday morning. The half-brother to MGSW & G1SP Diamilina (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}) was 19. A winner of the G3 Prix la Rochette as a juvenile for Andre Fabre, the Lagardere homebred would go on to finish second three times at Group 1 level-the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and St. James's...

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MG1SW Ballingarry Passes at 21

Irish highweight and MG1SW Ballingarry (Ire) (Sadler's Wells--Flamenco Wave, by Desert Wine) has passed away at Haras du Grand Chesnaie, Jour de Galop reported. The son of G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine Flamenco Wave was 21. Bred by Orpendale, the April 1999 foal won the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud for Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore, before adding a win in the GI Canadian International S. in 2002. That year he was named Irish highweighted 3-year-old colt for 14 furlongs and above, as he took the G2 Prix Noailles, and was second...

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