Al Mamoon and Dixie Dot Com, both of whom stood at stud in California, died in the spring. Al Mamoon, who was pensioned at the Sahadi family's Cardiff Stud Farms near Creston, Calif., was euthanized because of complications from the infirmities of old age. The 26-year-old son of Believe It stood his entire career at the farm.
Racing for Edmund Gann and Bertram Firestone, Al Mamoon won such stakes as the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IIT) in course-record time and the American Handicap (gr. IIT) and competed twice in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). He finished third in the 1985 Mile, but was moved up to second because of a disqualification, and ran fifth the following year.
After the 1986 Mile, Gann bought Firestone's interest in Al Mamoon and promptly won the Citation Handicap (gr. IIIT) with him. In what proved to be his final race, Al Mamoon won the John Henry Handicap (gr. IT) in May of 1987.
Al Mamoon was bred in Kentucky by Haras De St. George and was sold for $310,000 at the 1982 Keeneland July yearling sale. He was the first foal from the Secretariat mare Lady Winborne, who was group placed in Ireland. Lady Winborne, who traced back in female family to the great foundation mare La Troienne, was a half-sister to French great Allez France.
Al Mamoon, who raced at 2 and 3 in Europe and was stakes-placed in England, was trained in the U.S. by Robert Frankel. He retired with 11 wins--seven in stakes--from 32 races and earnings of $1,249,906.
As a stallion, Al Mamoon sired nine stakes winners and the earners of $6.1 million, including grade II winner Onceinabluemamoon. Another of his stakes winners, Maryland Moon, ran second in the 1993 Washington, D.C., International (gr. IT).
Al Mamoon was a half-brother to grade I winner and stakes producer La Gueriere and to stakes winner Lost Soldier, sire of 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog.
Twelve-year-old Dixie Dot Com died at Graeme and Lu Thomas' Willow Tree Farm. Graeme Thomas bought Dixie Dot Com for $21,000 at this year's Barretts January mixed sale from Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent. He formerly stood at Cardiff.
Bred in Kentucky by Martha Buckner, Dixie Dot Com raced for Don and Carole Chaiken and Barton and Ronelle Heller. A four-time graded stakes winner, he won the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) and San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita. At Lone Star, he captured the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) in track-record time and the Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III).
Trained by William J. Morey Jr., Dixie Dot Com retired with eight wins from 23 races and earnings of $1,332,775. He placed in seven stakes, including the Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I).
Dixie Dot Com (Dixie Brass--Sky Meadows, by Conquistador Cielo), is represented by two stakes-placed runners among his 27 winners. The Thomases planned to stand him in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere season.
Dixie Dot Com's half-sister, Cherokee Crossing, is the dam of grade I winner Siphonic.