Eltish, the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up who stood at stud in Florida and later in New York, was euthanized in late September because of complications from equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The 20-year-old son of Cox's Ridge stood this year at Gary Olsen's Mole's Hill Farm near Millerton, N.Y.
"He had it for a few years, and we took care of it," Olsen said. "And then it got worse to the point where that was it."
Eltish covered more than 20 mares this year and got most of them in foal. "His fertility was still good," Olsen said.
Eltish, who raced as a homebred for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farm, traveled between the United States and England several times. The Kentucky-bred runner began his racing career at 2 in England, where he won the Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II), and then returned to the United States for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in which he finished second behind Timber Country. Following the race, he was returned to England.
After starting his 3-year-old season in England, Eltish was returned to the U.S. for the 1995 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He finished sixth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by Thunder Gulch. He returned to England to race and then came back to the U.S. for good. He finished second to Smart Strike in the Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. I) and third to Cigar in the $1,075,000 Arlington Citation Challenge Invitational Stakes.
Eltish, who was retired with a record of 5-5-5 from 25 starts and earnings of $704,186, entered stud at Live Oak Stud in Florida and stood there until Olsen acquired him. Olsen stood him in New York, first at Saratoga Glen Farm and then at Keane Stud Operations before Mole's Hill.
Eltish, who is out of the Danzig mare Nimble Feet, has sired 13 stakes winners and the earners of more than $12.5 million. His runners included graded stakes winners Shes All Eltish and Barbara O'Brien.