Prospectors Gamble, an 18-year-old son of Crafty Prospector who is the sire of 14 stakes winners, died Feb. 27 after suffering from colic. The four-time stakes winner was standing his first season in Colorado at Colorado State University and stood as the property of Jerry and Beverly Slaughter's Tangarae Farm.
He had already covered 11 mares prior to his death. About 40 mares were on the books to be bred in 2003. His 2003 fee at CSU was $2,500.
"He was easy to handle," Jerry Slaughter said. "He was breeding very well and they loved him at the college. It's a big blow to this part of the country."
Prospectors Gamble, out of the Sunny South mare Fannie C., previously stood at Wafare Farm near Midway, Ky.
Prospectors Gamble is the sire of Marablue Beauty, champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old filly in Puerto Rico. His other top runners were Bevo, winner of the grade I Futurity at Belmont Park and the Saratoga Special (gr. II), and Proper Gamble, winner of the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland and the Cicada Stakes (gr. III) in 2002.
A foal of 1985, Prospectors Gamble won nine of 38 starts and had 15 placings. He earned $621,559. At three, he won the Gold Rush Handicap and at five, won the Bel Air Handicap (gr. II), the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. III), and the A Phenomenon Stakes (gr. III). He placed 10 stakes included back-back runner-up efforts in the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) and a third-place finish in the St. Paul Derby (gr. II, behind Fourstardave).