, who was getting ready for his first year at Maryland Stallion Station near Glyndon, Md., after standing at Shamrock Farms near Woodbine, Md., died Tuesday morning of a heart attack.
"He was feeling fine beforehand, and we were looking forward to the new breeding season at the new farm," said a representative of Maryland Stallion Station (Don Litz, president). "He had a great disposition and was very fertile."
Eastern Echo, a homebred grade I winner for the late Paul Mellon, began his stallion career at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $10,000 in 1991. Lane's End is a partner in Maryland Stallion Station.
Eastern Echo is represented by 22 stakes winners, including grade I winners Buddy Gil and Swiss Yodeler. Buddy Gil was one of the top 3-year-olds the first part of 2003. He won the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), and Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT). He is stakes-placed twice this year and has career earnings of $804,067.
Swiss Yodeler's glory days came as a 2-year-old. He won the 1996 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. II), Best Pal Stakes (gr. III), and two other stakes at that age and earned a career total of $761,442 in four years of racing. As a California stallion, Swiss Yodeler has achieved his greatest success as a sire of 2-year-olds.
Eastern Echo's other stakes winners include Western Echo, a graded stakes winner who earned $608,716; Lady of the Future, who bankrolled $507,182; and grade I steeplechase winner Popular Gigalo. Overall, Eastern Echo's runners have earned $18.5 million.
A son of Damascus and one of four graded stakes winners from the grade II-winning Northern Dancer mare Wild Applause, Eastern Echo won all three of his starts, including the 1990 Futurity Stakes (gr. I), and earned $93,960 as a 2-year-old for Mellon's Rokeby Stable. Wild Applause is out of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute and is a half-sister to Mellon's homebred Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero.
Eastern Echo, who covered 35 mares in 2004, ranks 12th on this year's Maryland sires list, with earnings of $1.1 million. He was buried at Shamrock.