Epsom Derby Winner Benny the Dip Dies

Epsom Derby Winner Benny the Dip Dies
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Epsom Derby winner Benny the Dip.
Benny the Dip, who won the 1997 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and stood for a time at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., was euthanized the first week of October after fracturing a knee in his paddock at Liam Cashman's Rathberry Stud in Ireland. A farm representative said the fracture probably was the result of a bad step because there were no marks on him. Benny the Dip had arrived at the farm several weeks ago after Cashman bought him.

Named after a pickpocket in a Damon Runyon story, Benny the Dip stole the early lead in the Epsom Derby and outlasted his rivals to win by a nose for breeder/owner Landon Knight of Ohio. He was England's champion 3-year-old at both 9 1/2 to 11 furlongs and 11 to 14 furlongs. He retired with five wins from 11 starts and earnings of $1,427,414.

Benny the Dip (Silver Hawk--Rascal Rascal, by Ack Ack) started his stallion career at Claiborne in 1998, then was moved to Cheveley Park Stud in England for the 2001 breeding season after failing to attract much of a following. He stood there until he was sold to Cashman. Benny the Dip, whose oldest offspring are 4-year-olds, has sired Canadian stakes winner Buffalo Jump and Italian stakes winner Scalino.

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