American Standard, a 32-year-old pensioned stallion by In Reality, died July 21 because of the infirmities of old age.
“He was a smart, happy, character of a horse that always looked and acted years younger than he was,” said Michael Lischin, co-owner of Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y. “We are glad he was healthy and active right up until the day he died.”
Bred by North Ridge Farm out of 1986 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Too Bald (by Bald Eagle), American Standard was a stakes winner and a half brother to four added-money winners, including champion 2-year-old male Capote and major international winner Exceller.
American Standard gained a measure of fame during his racing career. He became the 100th stakes winner trained by Hall of Famer Laz Barrera when he won the 1984 Orange County Handicap. During his career, American Standard carved out a record of 5-7-5 from 31 starts and earned $180,120.
American Standard is represented 13 stakes winners, including grade II winners American Royale and Bluesthestandard. His progeny earnings are more than $10.9 million.