Joyeux Danseur, a grade I winner at Churchill Downs, died in early November while standing at Gary Turkington's Wattle Brae Thoroughbred Stud in Queensland, Australia. The farm reported the 12-year-old son of Nureyev succumbed to a ruptured cecum, an equine equivalent of acute appendicitis.
Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and a $450,000 Keeneland July yearling, Joyeux Danseur scored his biggest win in the 1998 Early Times Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs for owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Albert Stall Jr. He retired with eight wins from 14 starts and earnings of $645,228 and entered stud for a fee of $20,000 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Joyeux Danseur sired stakes winners Siren Lure, Gold Joy, and Xirius (a champion in Panama). Siren Lure is a two-time stakes winners this year. Gold Joy was a stakes winner as a 2-year-old at Belmont Park in 2004.
Joyeux Danseur, who was produced from the Le Fabuleux mare Fabuleux Jane, also stood at Lakeview Thoroughbred Farm in California and Mountain Springs Ranch in Arkansas.