Danehill's Dam, Razyana, Dies

Juddmonte Farms' blue hen mare Razyana, whose son Danehill ranks as the most successful shuttle stallion of all time, died the night of Feb. 14 from complications from hemorrhaging. The 23-year-old mare delivered a Distant View colt the previous night.

"The colt is doing great," said Garrett O'Rourke, who manages the Lexington Juddmonte operation for owner Khalid Abdullah. "He's nice and correct."

Razyana's death came the same night that one of her daughters, 9-year-old Gombeen, foaled a Distant View filly. Distant View stands at Juddmonte.

Danehill, a son of Danzig and the top-weighted sprinter on the 1989 European Free Handicap, has sired 240 stakes winners. He died last May at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

Razyana, who was scheduled to be pensioned this year, produced four other stakes winners: graded winners Eagle Eyed, Harpia, and Shibboleth, all by Danzig, and Euphonic (by The Minstrel). Harpia also is a member of the Juddmonte broodmare band. She is in foal to Forest Wildcat and is booked to farm stallion Empire Maker.

Razyana (His Majesty--Spring Adieu, by Buckpasser) was foaled in Kentucky and raced in England, where she failed to win. She was returned to the U.S. in 1984. She produced 13 named foals in addition to her newborn.

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