Japanese stallion Royal Ski, a U.S. grade I winner before heading overseas, died April 30 at age of 30. Royal Ski (Raja Baba--Coz O'Nijinsky, by Involvement) died at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association Nasu Stud Farm in Tochigi Prefecture, where he had resided since last year following his retirement from the JBBA's Shimosa Stud Farm in Chiba Prefecture.
Bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm, Royal Ski sired some 20 stakes winners, including 1990 Japanese champion and classic winner Agnes Flora and U.S grade I winners Snow Plow and Ski Goggle.
Royal Ski , who was from the same crop as Seattle Slew. notched eight wins from 14 starts, including graded scores in the Laurel Futurity (gr. I), Remsen Stakes (gr. II), and Heritage Stakes (gr. III) as a 2-year-old in 1976. Campaigned by Boston Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers, he was retired with $324,895 in earnings from two seasons of racing. Royal Ski stood at Murty Farm near Lexington before being sent to Japan in 1979.
Ski Goggle, winner of the 1983 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) produced Ski Paradise (by Lyphard), a French group I winner and runner-up in the 1993 Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT). Another offspring, Ski Champ, was a group I winner in Argentina. Snow Plow also developed into a stakes producer.