California Stallion Richly Blended Dead

California Stallion Richly Blended Dead
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Colic claims Richly Blended.
California stallion Richly Blended, whose first foals are 2-year-olds, succumbed to colic July 30. The 8-year-old son of Rizzi stood at West 12 Ranch near Lodi, Calif.

Bred in Florida by Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, Richly Blended was a two-time graded stakes winner for Raymond Dweck. Unraced at two, he won at Laurel by 15 lengths and 7 3/4 lengths in his first two starts at three. Sent to Aqueduct, he took the Gotham (gr. III) and Withers (gr. III) Stakes and ran third in the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II).

Richly Blended, who was trained by Ben Perkins Jr., never raced after finishing unplaced in that year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He entered stud in 2003 with a record of four wins from six starts and earnings of $323,280. He stood a year at Rancho San Miguel and a year at Special T Thoroughbreds, both in California, before ending up at West 12 for the 2005 breeding season. He has sired three winners from five starters.

Richly Blended, who was out of the Valid Appeal mare Valid Blend, was a half-brother to grade I winner Splendid Blended.

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