Bayou Hebert, who stood his entire career at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., was euthanized June 16 because of complications from the infirmities of old age. He was 29 and had been pensioned since 2007.
A Kentucky-bred who raced for his breeder, Albert M. Stall, and Earl Burke, Bayou Hebert was a popular runner in Louisiana and the Bluegrass State, winning multiple times at Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland. At Churchill Downs, he won the a division of the 1985 Churchill Downs Stakes and ran third in the 1984 Clark Handicap (gr. III) and the River City Stakes
Specializing in sprinting, Bayou Hebert (Hoist the Flag—Regal Rumor, by Damascus) won or placed in 13 of 15 races and earned $106,087. He contested the 1985 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and the 1984 Jerome Handicap (gr. I), both at Belmont Park at a mile, but finished unplaced.
Bayou Hebert sired 11 stakes winners, including Louisiana champion Genuine Meaning, and the earners of more than $5.2 million. His stakes winners as a broodmare sire include New York grade I winner Midas Eyes.