Veteran California stallion Vronsky died of an apparent heart attack after successfully covering a mare on April 29 at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., according to Jonny Hilvers, general manager at Harris Farms.
“For a 22-year-old he looked amazing and could not have been doing any better,” Hilvers said. “He has been such a nice horse to be around all these years and he will be sorely missed.”
The son of Danzig was bred by Arthur B. Hancock III and Stonerside Ltd., and he sold for $1 million at the 2000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
A three-time winner who earned $135,247 while racing for owner Steve Taub, Vronsky entered stud in 2005 at E.W. “Buddy” Johnston’s Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif.
From 13 crops to race, Vronsky is the sire of 151 winners, progeny earnings of $15.9 million and 12 blacktype winners which include Grade 1 winner What a View, Grade 2 winner Norvsky, Grade 3 victor Poshsky and 2021 graded-placed 3-year-olds Closing Remarks and The Chosen Vron. As of May 2, 2021, Vronsky’s average earnings per starter was $72,478.
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