Mister Baileys, a stakes-record-setting English classic winner who stood several seasons in Kentucky, has died at the age of 18 because of lengthy complications from grass sickness, according to Bloodstock World.
Bred in Great Britain by Ranston (Bloodstock), Mister Baileys raced for Paul Venner, the managing partner of Baileys Horse Feed.
Mister Baileys made his 3-year-old debut in the 1994 Madagans Two Thousands Guineas (Eng-I) and beat Grand Lodge and 21 others in stakes-record time of 1:35.08 for the mile distance. The record still stands.
Two races later, Mister Baileys ran fourth in the 1 1/2-mile Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I), won by Erhaab. Mister Baileys raced once more, finishing fifth seven weeks later in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I).
Mister Baileys (Robellino--Thimblerigger, by Sharpen Up) retired with four wins from nine starts and earnings of $405,489. He captured two group stakes at 2.
Mister Baileys was scheduled to enter stud in 1995 but came down with grass sickness. He made a recovery and was sent to stand in 1996 at Ben P. Walden Jr.’s Vinery near Midway, Ky. After several seasons there, he was returned to England in 2000 and stood at Whitsbury Stud. He was pensioned in 2003 because of declining fertility and retired to Venner’s farm.
As a stallion, Mister Baileys sired 14 stakes winners, including Baileys Edge, who won the 2003 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.