Champion sprinter Mozart died Sunday of non-responsive acute colitis, according to a Racing Post report. The 4-year-old son of Danehill was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland where he was standing his first season as a stallion.
Mozart won two English group I races last year -- the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes. He also won the Jersey Stakes (Eng-III) and finished second to Black Minnaloushe in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). He concluded his racing career with an 11th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He retired with five wins from 10 starts and career earnings of $819,900.
Mozart was produced from the Spectacular Bid mare Victoria Cross. His second dam, Glowing Tribute (by Graustark), produced Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero and two-time grade I winner Hero's Honor. She also produced two-time Diana Handicap (gr. II) winner Glowing Honor and Wild Applause, who also won the Diana Handicap and produced Futurity Stakes (gr. I) winner Eastern Echo and Jim Beam (gr. II) winner Roar.