Stage Colony, a graded stakes-winning son of Pleasant Colony, was euthanized Feb. 15 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky. He was 22.
Owners Edmond and Sharon Hudon retired Stage Colony to that equine retirement farm in November. Prior to that, Stage Colony stood at Doug Arnold’s Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
“We had been out to Old Friends on a tour,” says Sharon Hudon of how Stage Colony came to Old Friends. “Michael Blowen (president and founder) is one of the few that takes retired stallions, and we’re lucky there is some place like that.
“Stage Colony could have certainly stayed at Buck Pond. They would have made provisions for us. But at Old Friends, we knew that he would get a lot of attention from all the visitors there every day and lots of treats, and that’s what we wanted for him.”
Stage Colony is represented as a stallion by 16 stake horses. He first stood in South Africa, where he sired South African champion Colonial Girl. His North American stakes winners include Love to Tell, winner of the Feb. 21 Bayou Handicap at Fair Grounds. Stage Colony’s progeny earnings are $4.8 million.
Bred in Virginia by Thomas Mellon Evans, Stage Colony initially raced for Evans’ Buckland Farm and later for Gary Drake and Bruce Barton. Both his graded stakes wins came for Buckland. Trained at the time by Ross Pearce, Stage Colony won the 1990 Rutgers Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Meadowlands and the 1991 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.
Stage Colony, a full brother to champion Pleasant Stage and out of the Stage Door Johnny mare Meteor Stage, won or placed in 16 of 33 races and earned $327,908.
A memorial services for Stage Colony will held at Old Friends in mid-March.