Deceased stallion Miswaki reached the 100 mark in number of stakes winners when his 5-year-old gelded son Simma Down dead-heated for first in the Feb. 2 Premier Night Gentlemen Starter Stakes at Delta Downs. The victory came in his first added-money try.
Miswaki, who joined his sire, Mr. Prospector, in the Century Club, stood his entire career at Walmac Farm near Lexington, first when John T.L. Jones Jr. ran the operation and later when it was owned by Jones' son, John III, and Robert Trussell. The elder Jones acquired Miswaki and syndicated him for $125,000 a share to stand in 1982. A Florida-bred, Miswaki had begun his racing career in Europe, where he was a group I winner in France and group I placed in England.
Miswaki sired such top runners as 1991 Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Black Tie Affair, French filly champion, and Ciga Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Urban Sea, as well as several other European champions and U.S graded winners.
Miswaki, who would have been 30 this year, was euthanized in December 2004. He was produced from the Buckpasser mare Hopespringseternal.