Internationally renowned stallion Last Tycoon, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita in 1986 when he also was named Europe's champion sprinter, died on May 27 at Japan's Arrow Stud, where he had stood since 1998.
A Coolmore Stud spokesman reported the death of the 23-year-old son of Try My Best out of Mill Princess, by Mill Reef, on June 14. Last Tycoon was given to Arrow stud, located on the island of Hokkaido, upon his retirement two years ago by Coolmore, which owned him throughout his stallion career.
After showing potential as a 2-year-old in France, Last Tycoon won five of seven starts at 3, including the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I), under Cash Asmussen, and the William Hill Sprint Championship (Eng-I). That secured his European sprint title, leading owner Richard Strauss and trainer Robert Collet to bring Last Tycoon to America, where he successfully negotiated the mile distance in his first attempt while bettering Sonic Lady, Thrill Show, Palace Music and Al Mamoon. Prior to the Breeders' Cup, which he captured by a head over Palace Music, Last Tycoon had not won beyond five furlongs.
Retired to stand alongside his sire at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, from 1987 through 2003, Last Tycoon became a world shuttler, also standing at Segenhoe, Arrowfield, Coolmore in Australia, East Stud, Hidaka Stallion Station, Arrow Stud and Suwa Bokujo in Japan, according to Racing Post
. He spent a season in New Zealand as well.
Though dropped from Coolmore's first team, Last Tycoon sired 48 graded or group stakes winners in 16 crops of racing age, including nine champions or high weights. He sired 756 winners from 1,207 starters who earned $89,064,351 through June 14.
Among his top European progeny was 1991 St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) winner Marju, an Irish-bred from his first crop and a leading sire in his own right. Other leading earners sired by Last Tycoon were 1994 Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) winner Ezzoud and multiple group I winners Taipan and Bigstone.
Last Tycoon also sired 1994 Australia Horse of the Year Mahogany, when he became the first shuttler to be named champion sire. He also produced two New Zealand horses of the year, O'Reilly (1997) and 'Tycoon Lil ('98).
He also made a great impact as broodmare sire. Among the top-class northern hemisphere runners bred from his daughters are Vintage Tipple, Keltos, Last Drama, The Deputy and King Kamehameha.