Stalwart, a grade I winner who sired 55 stakes winners, was euthanized March 31. Owned by John C. Oxley, the 25-year-old son of Hoist the Flag stood the last several seasons at Charles Nuckols Jr. and Sons' Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.
"Stalwart was the kind of horse you dream of breeding and owning," said Oxley, who raced him with the late Marvin Warner. "He was a magnificent 2-year-old and an early favorite for the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)."
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Stalwart was the star of the West Coast 2-year-olds of 1981, winning the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) and the inaugural Hollywood Futurity among his four wins from five starts and earnings of $528,595. He was weighted at 125 pounds on that year's Experimental Free Handicap, a pound below topweights Deputy Minister, the champion male, and Timely Writer.
Stalwart didn't make it to the Run for the Roses. He injured a tendon during a workout at Santa Anita in preparation for his 3-year-old debut, and was retired to stud at Walmac-Warnerton International near Lexington.
Stalwart's stakes winners include millionaire and graded winner Stalwars, plus Things Change, winner of the 1998 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). Stalwart also sired grade II winners Kingpost, who was second in the 1988 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), plus Stalwart Charger, Stalcreek, and Sacred Honour. His progeny earnings total is close to $29 million.