Michael T. Martin's Scarlet Ibis, who stood 14 years at Carl Lizza Jr.’s and Joseph Bartone’s Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y., died March 30 of a heart attack at the farm. The 23-year-old son of Cormorant had been pensioned following the 2003 breeding season.
Bred in New York by Tom Martin’s Kinderhill Corporation - General Partner, Scarlet Ibis was named 1988 New York champion 2-year-old male after winning five of six races. He won divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes, one at six furlongs and the other at a mile, plus the Damon Runyon and Empire Stakes. His sole loss came out of state when he ran fourth in the In Memoriam Stakes at Turfway Park.
Scarlet Ibis was retired after his 2-year-old season because of a tendon problem. He sired nine stakes winners, including New York graded stakes winner Ruby Rubles. Another of his stakes winners, Wild Wings, became the dam of New York champion White Ibis.
Scarlet Ibis, out of the stakes-winning Cornish Prince mare Fifties Galore, was a half-brother to Mexican group I winner and New York grade II winner Claramount.