Leading Louisiana Sire Leestown Dead

Leestown, the leading Louisiana sire by progeny earnings this year and last, was euthanized Dec. 2 because of a broken shoulder. The 14-year-old son of Seattle Slew stood his entire career at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms near Coushatta, La.

“I could see something was wrong when I saw him in his paddock that morning,” Adcock said. “His shoulder was swollen, and when he tried to move it, I could tell it was broken. I saw that he hadn’t run through the fence, so it was probably a freak accident. I sent him to the clinic, but there was nothing they could do.”

A multiple stakes winner, Leestown got off on the fast track as a stallion. He ranked second on Louisiana’s leading freshman sire in 2003 and was the state’s leader on the second-crop list in 2004. On the general sires list in Louisiana, he ranked second in 2005, third in 2006, then first in 2007. His progeny earning of $2.37 million are tops in the state this year.

Leestown has sired 14 stakes winners, including such multiple stakes winners as Indigo Girl, Leesa Lee, Ahead of Her Time, Equestrian Girls, and Lee’s Spirit, This year, he is represented by six stakes winners. His career progeny earnings total is $11 million.

Leestown won the Leonard Richards and Bob Jackson Memorial Stakes while racing as a homebred for W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm. During his career, he captured six races and earned $322,167. A half-brother to grade I winner and successful sire Grand Slam, Leestown was produced from the stakes-winning El Gran Senor mare Bright Candles. He is buried at the farm.

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