Jade Robbery, a French group I winner and later a successful sire in Japan, died May 15 following abdominal surgery for a twisted intestine and adhesions of the colon. He had been hospitalized for emergency treatment after developing colic May 3.
The 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector succumbed at the Shadai Horse Clinic in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, where he had been recovering. Jade Robbery, who stood at Lex Stud in Shizunai, had covered over 100 mares this season. His progeny earnings amount to some ¥9 billion (approximately $82 million). Jade Robbery currently ranks 12th in Japan, with 77 starters and 16 winners.
The late Japanese breeder/owner Zenya Yoshida raced Jade Robbery, who is one of three stakes winners produced from grade II winner Number (by Nijinsky II). Bred in Kentucky by the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm and William HaggIn Perry's The Gamely Corp., Jade Robbery went through the 1988 Keeneland July yearling sale, where Patrick Barbe as agent bought him for $800,000.
Sent to France, Jade Robbery won France's top race for 2-year-olds, the Grand Criterium (Fr-I). He retired the following year with two stakes wins and three stakes-placings in seven starts and earnings of $246,845. He entered stud in Japan as a 4-year-old in 1991, standing first at Yoshida's Shadai Stallion Station. During that time, he sired champion filly Yamakatsu Suzuran.
Jade Robbery, who has sired 13 stakes winners, stood his first Australian season in 2000, after which he also served in Dubai in 2002 and '03.