Successful stallion Clever Trick, who sired 67 stakes winners, died June 5 at Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky., where he had stood his entire stallion career.
According to Glencrest co-owner David Greathouse, 28-year-old Clever Trick was discovered on the ground in his paddock. A veterinarian determined that he had massive kidney failure, and he was immediately euthanized.
"It's like losing a member of the family," Greathouse said. "He was such a great stallion, a real icon. And don't forget, we saw him nearly every day for 23 years."
A homebred for William S. Farish, Clever Trick put together one of the more enviable race records around the late 1970s and early '80s, winning 18 of 29 races. A proven sprinter, he won eight stakes and earned $419,787.
Retired to Glencrest in 1981, Clever Trick was the leading freshman stallion by number of winners, with 18, and ranked among the leading sires of 2-year-olds by progeny earnings, with some $500,000, that 1984 season. That initial crop came to include eight stakes winners, including grade II winner Phone Trick. A later crop, foaled in 1986, consisted of 11 stakes winner.
Like Clever Trick, Phone Trick became a prominent stallion and a fine source of speed, siring Horse of the Year Favorite Trick and champion juvenile filly Phone Chatter.
Sons of Clever Trick have sired a combined 120 stakes winners and the earners of $85 million. Clever Trick's daughters have produced 75 stakes winners, led by millionaires Came Home and Yes It's True.
Clever Trick for years had been one of America's most reliable sires of juvenile winners and winners. In addition to his 67 stakes winners, he sired 63 stakes-placed horses and the earners of $43.5 million. Through 2003, he ranked fourth by number of lifetime winners, with 591, behind Sadler's Wells, Mr. Prospector, and Mr. Leader.
Clever Trick (Icecapade--Kankakee Miss, by Better Bee) will be buried at the farm alongside Glencrest stallions Full Out and Booklet.