Maria's Mon, who achieved star status by siring a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner from his first crop of foals, was euthanized the morning of Sept. 14 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington. The 14-year-old son of Wavering Monarch stood at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.
"He basically had a multiple organ dysfunction in places like his liver and kidneys," said farm general manager Clifford Barry. "It probably was all connected. I don't want to speculate on what it was. We'll do an autopsy to get the complete result."
"We first noticed he wasn't feeling well Aug. 29," Barry added. "Before that, he had been in excellent health.
"A lot of effort had gone into trying to save him the last couple weeks by our staff and veterinarians Doug Byars, Bob Hunt, and Dave Fishback from Hagyard. They had been attending to him at the farm. We took him to the clinic this morning to be euthanized."
A champion 2-year-old, Maria's Mon achieved lasting fame when his first-crop son Monarchos won the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Monarchos, who had won the Florida Derby (gr. I) leading up to the Run for the Roses, went on to run third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He stands at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
Maria's Mon, who has progeny earnings of $3.9 million this year, has sired 33 stakes winners, including last year's champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While. A millionaire, Wait a While is a two-time graded winner this year.
Maria's Mon is represented by such other graded winners as High Limit, Strong Contender, Gaff, and Latent Heat.
"His death is a big loss to us here and to the industry as a whole," Barry said. "He proved a powerful outcross as a stallion. He was in the prime of his career, and his book continued to get stronger and stronger. His book of 132 mares this year was probably his strongest yet."
Bred in Kentucky by Morton Rosenthal, Maria's Mon raced for Rosenthal's wife and was trained by Richard Schosberg. Despite not running in the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Maria's Mon was voted champion 2-year-old male after winning the Moet Champagne (gr. I), Futurity (gr. I), and Sanford (gr. III) stakes. He raced twice at 3 without winning and was retired with four wins from seven races and earnings of $507,140.
Maria's Mon, who stood his entire career at Pin Oak, stood for $60,000 this year. He was out of the Caro mare Carlotta Maria.