Ogden Phipps' pensioned grade I producer Con Game was euthanized March 30 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age. The 27-year-old homebred daughter of Buckpasser was buried at the farm.
Con Game's best offspring, Seeking the Gold, was one of the leading money-earners from his crop, earning $2,307,000. Foaled in 1985, Seeking the Gold scored grade I wins in the 1988 Super Derby and Dwyer Stakes and came within a half-length of winning that year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a runner-up effort behind Alysheba. Seeking the Gold stands at stud at Claiborne and has sired 42 stakes winners.
Con Game's two other stakes winners, Fast Play and Stacked Pack, also were graded stakes winners. Fast Play won the Remsen Stakes (gr. I) and Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) and earned $594,545. Stacked Pack scored his major win in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. III). Fast Play stands at Wafare Farm near Midway, Ky., and Stacked Pack stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Con Game, who was produced from the Hasty Road mare Broadway, produced 10 named foals. She had been pensioned since the mid-1990s.