By Roberto out of the Amerigo mare Gris Vitesse, Silver Hawk stood his entire career at Brereton Jones’ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. He was buried beside the stallion barn at the farm.
Known primarily as a sire of grass runners, Silver Hawk sired 21 crops that consisted of 862 foals, from which his 76 stakes winners represents 8.8% of his offspring. Silver Hawk’s average winning distance of 9.62 furlongs is also impressive.
His champions were Grass Wonder, who raced in Japan and because of that country’s large purses, was his sire’s leading earner, at $5,987,405; Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Benny the Dip; Mutafaweq (in England and Germany); and Narooma (in Germany). Lady in Silver was the highweighted filly in Europe in 1989, the year she won the French Oaks (Fr-I).
Silver Hawk’s list of grade I winners includes Memories of Silver, Hawkster, Wonder Again, Silver Ending, Red Bishop, Hawk Attack, and Nashoba’s Key.
Though mainly a turf sire, Silver Ending proved he could also sire a good dirt horse, winning $1,035,970 and three graded stakes.
Nashoba’s Key, who won eight of 10 starts including three grade I races, was euthanized May 28 after a freak accident.
As a broodmare sire, Silver Hawk has to date been represented by 301 producing daughters of 1,403 foals including 54 stakes winners. One of those stakes winners is Badge of Silver, who stands at Airdrie.
“I really can’t begin to tell you what Silver Hawk meant for Airdrie Stud,” Brereton Jones’ son, Bret, said. “In the early ’90s when the market was down and times were tough, I think it is fair to say that Silver Hawk kept our doors open. He was a real godsend for us and we owe him a lifetime of gratitude.”
Silver Hawk was bred in Kentucky by Robin Scully’s Clovelly Farm, and purchased by Mahmoud Fustok’s Buckram Oak Farm for $77,000 at the 1980 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. He was a group winner in England and ran second in the Irish Sweeps Derby (Ire-I) and third in the Epsom Derby. He won three of eight starts and earned $184,099.