The son of Deputy Minister was sent to Dr. Robert Schneider at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Schneider, who conferred with Dr. Dean Richardson throughout the stallion’s care, performed several surgeries, including replacing his navicular bone with a graft from his hip bone after concerns for laminitis developed.
“I think Dr. Schneider and his staff should be commended for all the effort they put into trying to save Tribunal," said syndicate manager Mary Lou Griffin. " I can tell you that he was just as disappointed as we are to lose him. I’m sure it was hard for the staff as well, as they had all become attached to him."
A grade I stakes-placed half-brother to champion Chief’s Crown, Tribunal had entered stud in 2003. He sired 2006 Washington champion 2-year-old filly Judicature in his first crop and led all state freshman sires with earnings of $102,024, good enough to rank him third on that year’s juvenile sire list.
Last year, Tribunal continued to lead all second-crop sires with earnings of $492,133.
Among his runners in 2007 were multiple stakes winner Mulcahy and three stakes-placed fillies.
Tribunal was produced from Secretariat’s stakes-winning daughter Six Crowns, also the dam of grade I winner Classic Crown.