Red Bishop, the 1995 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner who was the first Godolphin victor in the United States and enjoyed a successful stud career in Turkey, was euthanized there Aug. 7 due to complications resulting from a fractured tibia, according to the Turkish Jockey Club.
The son of Silver Hawk—La Rouquine, by Silly Season, was 25.
Bred in Kentucky by Pillar Stud, Red Bishop was acquired for $100,000 by Darley Stud Management at the 1989 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. He was trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Godolphin Racing, and in 1995 the 7-year-old dark bay horse captured three consecutive group/grade I events: the Hong Kong International Vase and Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong, followed by the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita Park. He won or placed in 24 of 28 starts and earned $1,360,915.
After beginning his stud career at the end of 1995, Red Bishop was purchased by the Turkish Jockey Club and began standing in Turkey in 1996.
According to The Jockey Club Information Systems, Red Bishop was the sire of six group I winners, including several Turkish Derby winners, and his progeny have earned more than $11.6 million to date.
The Turkish Jockey Club reported Red Bishop’s best offspring included Turkish group I winners Pan River, Anatoly, Mitico, and Nash Bishop.