Blumin Affair, who finished third in the 1994 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and second in the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was euthanized June 16. The 21-year-old son of Dynaformer had suffered from equine protozoal myeloencephalits since last August. He stood at Roger Pelster’s Roger’s Ranch near Mead, Neb., and was buried at the farm.
Campaigned by Art Vogel and Leroy Bowman and trained by Jack Van Berg, Blumin Affair finished behind Go for Gin and Strodes Creek in the Kentucky Derby and was beaten by Brocco in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 42-1 odds. Following the Run for the Roses, Blumin Affair finished sixth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Blumin Affair won his sole stakes at 4, capturing the San Diego Handicap (gr. III).
Blumin Affair placed in five other stakes including the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) and the Arkansas Derby (gr. II). He was retired with a record of 4-6-2 from 17 starts and earnings of $867,065.
Blumin Affair was Nebraska’s leading sire nine consecutive years (2003-11) and heads the list this year. He has sired 31 stakes winners and the earners of more than $8.4 million. His leading runners include Plum Sober, Blumin Beauty, Sempre Blumin, and Hesablumin.
Bred in Kentucky by Gulf States Racing Stables, Blumin Affair was one of two foals produced from the winning Dr. Blum mare Medical Affair, whose graded stakes-winning full sister Medicine Woman also produced a stakes winner by Dynaformer.