New York stallion Trick Me, a son of Phone Trick, died in his paddock at Donald Jones' LoAnJo Farm near Sugar Loaf, N.Y., in late July. He was 25.
Bred in Florida by Red Oak Farm out of April Again, by Alleged, the dark bay horse was lightly raced at 3 and 4, but finished out of the money only once for owner Red Tree Farm. Grade III placed, the Ron McAnally trainee was runner-up in the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park
in his last start.
Initially standing in Florida on his breeder's farm, Trick Me moved to New York, where he stood for 14 years, the majority of them at LoAnJo. Jones' told The Blood-Horse that the stallion was so good-natured he was able to be turned out with a paddock mate, a gelding that was his best pal.
Of Trick Me's 94 starters from his 15 crops, 58 were winners, including his top performer, dual stakes winner Stacey Tracey, a filly out of the Concorde Bound mare Concorde's Beauty. During the 2013 breeding season, Trick Me covered eight mares, with one confirmed in foal.