New York stallion Dixie Brass, who was represented by the earners of $4 million in 2001, died Jan. 28 at James Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death of the 13-year-old stallion, whose 26 stakes winners includes millionaire Dixie Dot Com.
Dixie Brass (Dixieland Band -- Petite Diable, by Sham) suffered from a respiratory infection in the early part of last February and was treated at Cornell University. Returned to the farm, he covered his first mare, Fifty Two Stars, last Feb. 15, and she recently produced a filly.
Owned by Michael Watral, Dixie Brass began his stallion career at Vinery near Lexington, then was moved to The Stallion Park for the 1998 breeding season. He stood the next season at Silvernails Farm in New York and was returned to The Stallion Park for 2001.
Dixie Brass, for all practical purposes,' was New York's leading sire of 2001. His progeny earnings from last year trailed only that recorded by newcomer Phone Trick, who is new to the Empire State. He stood the 2001 season in Kentucky. Dixie Brass was represented by nine added-money winners of 2001.
Bred by John Rooker, Dixie Brass scored his major win in the 1992 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park as a 3-year-old. He also won that year's Withers (gr. II) and Swift Stakes in New York on his way to career totals of six wins from 15 starts and earnings of $631,563.