Lost Soldier, sire of champion Lost in the Fog, was found dead in his paddock Sept. 7 at Doug Arnold’s Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky. The cause of death is believed to have been a heart attack.
“He hadn’t been sick and was in good health,” Arnold said.
Wimborne Farm was the breeder of Kentucky-bred Lost Soldier, who was produced from the Irish group-placed Secretariat mare Lady Winborne, a fourth-generation descendant of La Troienne.
Purchased as a weanling for $500,000 at the 1990 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Lost Soldier initially raced for the Maktoum family. He was sold to Louisiana breeder/owner John Franks in the summer of 1995.
Lost Solider was a stakes winner in North America and Dubai, with his chief triumph coming for Franks in the 1996 Isle of Capri Casino Louisiana Downs Handicap (gr. IIIT) while trained by Bobby Barnett. Racing through age 7, Lost Soldier retired with 11 wins and a dozen placings from 45 starts and earnings of $434,089.
Lost Soldier first stood at Franks Farm Southland Division near Ocala, Fla., and then at Buck Pond starting in 2005. He is represented as a stallion by 18 stakes winners and the earners of $17.5 million.
Lost in the Fog captured eight stakes during his championship season in 2005. His sole loss that year came as the favorite in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Lost Soldier, who also sired graded winners Soldier's Dancerand Lush Soldier, was buried at Buck Pond.