Sir Harry Lewis, who won the 1987 Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), has died of a heart attack in England, according to the Racing Post. The 25-year-old son of Alleged was standing at Wood Farm Stud near Shropshire, England.
A Kentucky-bred who began his racing career in England, Sir Harry Lewis was an Irish champion the year of his Irish Derby win for owner Howard Kaskel. He had run a solid fourth in the Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I) about three weeks earlier.
Sir Harry Lewis returned to North America in 1987 for a fall campaign. He ran third in the Rothmans International Stakes (gr. IT) and unplaced in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Over the next two years, Sir Harry Lewis raced in Europe and North America. He retired with four wins from 17 races and earnings of $717,476.
Sir Harry Lewis started his stallion career at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac Farm near Lexington, then was relocated to Kaskel’s Sugar Maple Farm in New York State. He later was sent to England, where he became an important jump stallion. He sired a career total of 11 stakes winners.
Bred by Joseph Allen and Regent Farm, Sir Harry Lewis was produced from the stakes-winning Mr. Prospector mare Sue Babe.