A freak accident at about 10 a.m. Sunday at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., resulted in the death of New York stallion Gold Token and injuries to another stallion at the farm, A. P Jet
Dan Hayden, manager of Sugar Maple Farm, issued the following statement: "Yesterday morning, A. P Jet was being turned out into his paddock. He reared up at the gate and got loose from his handler. He galloped over to Gold Token's paddock. Gold Token came through the fence to get at him. They started fighting and took off galloping beside the paddocks. Gold Token hit a tree and dropped dead. A. P Jet is at a New York clinic and is currently in serious condition."
Later that day, Gold Token's son, Gold and Roses, ran second to Funny Cide in Aqueduct's Kings Point Handicap for New York-breds.
Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, who is responsible for standing A. P Jet at Sugar Maple, described the incident as a "a bad, bad accident and a real tragedy. The horse (A.P. Jet) is in critical condition and the prospects don't look particularly good." Nerud said he couldn't recall a similar stallion fight, but added "I lost Dr. Fager at 12 and Fappiano at 13, so you have to be prepared for anything."
Gold Token, a 13-year-old son of Mr. Prospector--Connie's Gift, by Nijinsky II, and a stakes-winning record setter, was standing at Sugar Maple for a $5,000 fee as the property of a partnership managed by Questroyal Stud. He is represented by five stakes winners and the earners of $4.7 million.
A. P Jet, who was the leading stallion standing in New York in 2005 and ranks second this year, has sired 10 stakes winners and the earners of $12.4 million. The 17-year-old son of Fappiano--Taminette, by In Reality, is owned by a syndicate and has been standing the 2006 season for a fee of $5,000. A. P Jet was a group winner in Japan, where he earned $1,411,402.