Encino, the 10th highest-priced yearling of 1978, died in June of natural causes at Frances Beckett's Beckett Ranches near Colton, Calif. The 25-year-old stallion is represented by 19 stakes winners and the earners of more than $7 million.
Bred by Tom Gentry, Encino was sold for $525,000 to Barry Beal and L.R. French at the Keeneland July yearling sale. He joined his successful half-sister, Terlingua, in trainer D. Wayne Lukas' barn and won in :58 flat for five furlongs in his 2-year-old debut. He later placed in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. II) and Haggin Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Encino suffered a tendon injury in his first start at three. Attempts were made to return him to racing, but he never raced again and entered stud in 1983 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., with a record of one win from five starts and $34,900 in earnings. Encino (Nijinsky II--Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) stood at several other farms before ending up at Beckett Ranches. Two of his runners, Down Again and The Name's Jimmy, won graded stakes.