Cee Dee, a stakes-winning Ohio-bred son of Academy Award, died unexpectedly Monday. While an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, co-owner and breeder Bruce Hudson said the colt might have been the victim of a massive infection.

Bred by Hudson and his wife, Nancy, Cee Dee was trained by Tim Hamm, whose Blazing Meadows Farm co-owned the colt with Hudson.

Cee Dee won or placed in half of his 14 starts and earned $139,228. Included in his three victories was the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2000. Cee Dee placed in four stakes, including a third in this year's Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and a second-place effort in Keeneland's LG&E Energy Forerunner Stakes on April 20, his final career start.

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