French stallion Sillery, whose son Silic won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), has died. The 13-year-old stallion stood at Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay in France.
A homebred for Head, Sillery (Blushing Groom--Silvermine, by Bellypha) raced in France, Italy, and North America, winning seven of 18 races and earning $712,571. He won six stakes, including the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I), and twice finished second in the Budweiser International Stakes (gr. IT), along with a runner-up effort in an Italian group I event. He entered stud in 1993.
Silic, a millionaire and the best of Sillery's eight stakes winners, was a group winner in France, but did his best running on this continent. All four of his stakes wins in North America were in graded events. Silic finished second in Eclipse Award balloting for best male grass runner of 1999.