Roy, who was one of the best sires in South American history, and who secured a place in the history books by reaching the 100 mark by number of stakes winners, died Jan. 7 of a respiratory ailment at Haras La Esperanza in Argentina. The Florida-bred son of Fappiano not only stood in Argentina, where he twice was leading sire, but also at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington and in Chile and Brazil.
Roy, who raced in the U.S. and was twice graded stakes-placed, began his stallion career in Chile. Word of his success worked its way up to North America, and Roy was bought by a group that included John Phillips of Darby Dan and Jose Laudo De Camargo, owner of Santa Escolastica near Versailles, Ky. Roy started at Darby Dan in 1996, and shuttled back to South America for Southern Hemisphere seasons. He headed back to South America for good in 2000.
Roy sired 14 champions, including Freddy, an Argentina Horse of the Year whose group I wins included the 2002 Carlos Pellegrini. Several of Roy's South American-bred stakes winners were sent to the U.S. to race. Chilean group II winner India Divina won the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I), and Brazilian champion Cagney scored his big win in the Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Roy's U.S.-bred stakes winners were led by graded winner Madame Pietra and 2004 Sovereign Award finalist Winter Garden. The latter earned $902,788 through 2004. Overall, Roy sired 109 stakes winners.
Bred by Carelaine Farm and produced from the Never Bend mare Adlibber, Roy won three of 17 starts for John A. Nerud and was trained by Nerud's son, Jan. He placed in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) and a division of the Jaipur Stakes (gr. III). At the time of his death, 22-year-old Roy was owned by a partnership that included Haras La Esperanza and Santa Escolastica.