Pensioned stallion Ga Hai, who turned 33 this year, died March 17 at Thomas Reigle's Reigle Heir Farms near Grantville, Pa. "He was doing fine for a horse his age," Reigle said. "He died peacefully in his sleep."
Ga Hai's sire, Determine, won the 1954 Kentucky Derby and Ga Hai himself gave it a try in the centennial running of the Run for the Roses. Ga Hai, who went into the race off a victory in the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs, finished unplaced in the 1974 running, won by Cannonade.
A late foal--born June 14, Ga Hai was bred in California by Mrs. Constance H. Bishop and raced for her Laguna Seca, winning 13 of 43 starts and earning $257,548. In addition to the Derby Trial, he won consecutive runnings of the Arcadia Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita and two other stakes. Perhaps his best performance came in the 1976 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IT) when he was caught near the wire after setting the pace and was beaten a head. Unfortunately, he was disqualified for interference and placed fourth.
Ga Hai, who was produced from the Goyamo mare Goyala, began his stallion career at Elvalson's Farm in California. He later was relocated to Upland Spring Farm in Pennsylvania and stood there until he was moved to Reigle Heir for the 1992 breeding season.
Ga Hai, a former Pennsylvania Stallion of the Year, sired seven stakes winners and 13 stakes-placed runners as well as the earners of $4 million. Three of his offspring, Be a Ga Tor, Shiprock, and Hulett Bank, won the Pennsylvania Futurity.