The 1992 American Derby record setter The Name's Jimmy died March 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
The 25-year-old son of Encino out of the Grey Dawn mare Dancing at Dawn was undergoing treatment for mobility issues. Due to their increased severity, Joan Gariboldi, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and Old Friends president Michael Blowen determined that euthanasia was in the horse's best interest. The Name's Jimmy had resided at Old Friends since 2007.
Bloodstock agent Chuck Calvin recommended the colt, bred in Illinois by Triple D Stable, to Brian and Jan Burns of Mount Joy Stables, Inc. The Burns purchased the then-2-year-old in training as their first racing prospect. Brian Burns and his father, Jimmy Burns, had long shared the dream of owning a race horse, but Jimmy Burns did not live to see that dream realized. His son raced The Name's Jimmy in his memory.
The Name's Jimmy won the 1992 Will Rogers Handicap (G3) under trainer Charles Stutts. In his American Derby win he set a stakes record of 1:59.41 for 1 3/16 miles on the Arlington Park turf with Pat Day up. In 1994 the colt nearly succumbed to an infection. "He spiked a fever of 106 degrees," Brian Burns recalled. "Just as the authorization to euthanize arrived his fever broke. He went on to a second in the Fort Harrod Stakes at Keeneland." The Name's Jimmy earned $404,090 during his 1991-1994 racing career.
The multiple graded stakes winner entered stud in 1995 at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Kentucky. He later stood at Hill 'N Dale near Barrington, Ill., and Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La.
"When Hurricane Katrina came through, Jimmy was lost; he stayed out in the bayou for two days before Pope McLean, Jr. found him," Brian Burns said. "It's a wonder he wasn't eaten by an alligator or bitten by a snake. After that, Pope and I called him 'The Survivor.' "
The Name's Jimmy sired four stakes winners and five stakes-placed winners. He sired earners of nearly $6 million. Brian and Jan Burns retired the stallion to Old Friends in July 2007. "If it doesn't get through to people what Old Friends does for these horses it's a crying shame," remarked Brian Burns.
"The Name's Jimmy was blessed to have owners like Brian and Jan Burns and we were lucky to have Jimmy at Old Friends," Blowen said. "It's always difficult to euthanize one of our great retirees but Jimmy made it easy. The look in his eye spoke volumes and we were able to help him in his final hour. We're very grateful for all he gave us."
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