Central Kentucky stallion Sandpit, a champion in his native Brazil and a multiple grade I turf winner in the U.S., succumbed to a liver disease and a cancerous tumor Sept. 4 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine clinic near Lexington. The 14-year-old son of Baynoun had begun his stallion career at Vinery near Midway, Ky., and stood the past season at Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
A homebred for Sergio Menezes, Sandpit was a model of consistency at the highest levels. Bred by Haras Sao Jose Da Serra and raced in the U.S. in the name Sierra Thoroughbreds, Sandpit won or placed in 31 of 40 starts and earned $3,812,597. His five grade I turf wins included consecutive victories in the Caesars Invitational Handicap at Atlantic City. He also placed in three runnings of the Arlington Million (gr. IT). On dirt, he ran second in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and third in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup.
Sandpit, who shuttled to Australia, has sired stakes winners Ashbecca, Bolaro, and Sheza Nasty Lady, plus five stakes-placed runners. He is represented this year by 63 2-year-olds and 88 yearlings. Sandpit, who was produced from the Green Dancer mare Sand Dancer, will be buried at Spendthrift.