Skip Trial, a perennial leading Florida sire and one of the few remaining links to the Damascus sire line, was euthanized May 1 at Bridlewood Farm due to the infirmities of old age. The 30-year-old bay son of Bailjumper—Looks Promising, by Promised Land, stood his entire career at Bridlewood beginning in 1988. He will be laid to rest in the farm’s cemetery.
"Skip Trial was a farm stalwart and favorite," said Bridlewood’s general manager George Isaacs. "In my mind, he was a throwback to the Thoroughbred of yesteryear, with his rugged looks and hickory toughness. He was a proven source of soundness and stamina, which he demonstrated on the racetrack in the mid-1980s through his earnings of $1.8 million. During his service at stud, he always had one of the highest national rankings for average earnings per starter. He was a special horse and noble equine friend, who will be sorely missed."
Best known as the sire of Hall of Fame champion and 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away, Skip Trial sired 26 black-type stakes winners, 25 stakes-placed runners, and earners of $34,566,723 to date out of 22 crops. According to the farm, his average earnings per starter of $85,774 ranks him among the top 2% of sires. Pensioned from breeding in 2010, Skip Trial has five registered foals of 2009, and one registered 2-year-old of 2012.
Bred in Kentucky by Nancy Penn Morgan, Skip Trial was sold at the 1983 Keeneland September Sale for $25,000. He raced for Mrs. Zelda Cohen, competing in graded stakes company for three years. He won nine graded stakes, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) over champion Spend a Buck at 3 and the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) at 4 and 5.