Flame of Tara, whose daughter Salsabil became the first filly to win the Irish Derby (Ire-I) in 90 years, was euthanized around Sept. 1 at Pat O'Kelly's Kilcarn Stud in Ireland because of the infirmities of old age. The 25-year-old daughter of Artaius was bred by Kilcarn and was a group II winner in England and Ireland for O'Kelly.
Salsabil was the biggest star among Flame of Tara's five stakes winners. Campaigned by Sheikh Hamdan, the daughter of Sadler's Wells won the 1990 Budweiser Irish Derby over a field that included Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Quest for Fame.
Salsabil also achieved classic success in the Gold Seal Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) and General Accident One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I). As a broodmare, she produced grade II winner Sahm
(by Mr. Prospector) and two European group winners.
For her career, Flame of Tara produced 13 named foals, a dozen of which were winners, including additional group I winner Marju. A son of Last Tycoon, Marju stands in Ireland and has sired 38 stakes winners.
Flame of Tara, who was produced from the Welsh Pageant mare Welsh Flame, won eight of 21 races and earned $165,970. Her five stakes wins included group II scores in the 1983 Coronation Stakes in England and the Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland. She raced once in the United States, but ran unplaced in the 1983 Yellow Ribbon Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).
Flame of Tara was pensioned in 2002.