Grand Slam, who has already sired four individual 3yo Stakes winners in 2012, died at Ashford Stud on Saturday afternoon as a result of heart failure.
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the seventeen-year-old son of Gone West raced for Robert & Christina Baker, William Mack and David Cornstein. As a juvenile he won the G1 Futurity Stakes and G1 Champagne Stakes before returning for injury to land the G2 Peter Pan Stakes and take second place in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Commenting on his sudden death Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan stated “Grand Slam was a pleasure to have here and he was very popular with breeders as he sired nearly 800 winners and has progeny earnings of over $64 million. It’s a sad day for the staff here who worked with him and for all the partners who were involved with the horse and who have always been fantastic to deal with.”
His best progeny include Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat, G1 King’s Bishop winner Visionaire and Millionreasonswhy which is one of the main fancies for the G1 Kentucky Oaks.