Sefapiano, sire of 22 stakes winners, died Jan. 2 of a heart attack at Daniel Chicola’s Landlock Equine Center near Coushatta, La. The 21-year-old son of Fappiano was produced from Farid Sefa’s grade I winner Sefa’s Beauty (by Lt. Stevens).
Bred in Kentucky by Sefa and Richard Santulli, Sefapiano won twice and ran second twice in four starts at 3 for Sefa in his sole season of racing.
Sefapiano entered stud at Sefa’s Farm in Michigan, where he sired numerous winners of the major state-bred stakes. He later stood at Dixiana Farm and Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky and at Elite Thoroughbreds and Moon Lake Equine Center in Louisiana before his days at Landlock.
Sefapiano is represented by 40 stakes horses and the earners of $14.5 million. His leading runner, grade II winner Jonesboro, has won 10 stakes and earned $1,466,685. Out of champion Mom's Command, Jonesboro was a two-time graded stakes winner in 2009. Sefapiano also is the sire of graded winners Austin’s Mom, Humoristic, and Rolling Sea.
Sefa’s wife, Patricia, was the majority owned in Sefapiano. The other owners were Santulli, Dick Lossen, and Larry Beason. Sefapiano was buried at Landlock.