Gibson County, one of the surprise first-crop stallions of 2006, died the morning of March 12 of an apparent heart attack.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Gibson County was a total outcross when mated to Young American, a mare inbred to In Reality and Rough'n Tumble. The result was the star runner American County, who won the Sunshine Millions Oaks on Jan. 26. She is the sixth foal and first stakes winner produced from Young American, a daughter of the late Florida-based sire Pentelicus.
Sent off at odds of 5-2, Mike Tarp's American County went wire-to-wire to win the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26.
Will He Shine, Senor Swinger, and Gibson County were all stakes winners.
Gibson County, a 10-year-old son of In Excess, will stand in 2008 at Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farms near Ocala, Fla.
A Yes It's True colt, a Lightnin N Thunder colt, and a Forest Wildcat filly were the fastest workers at a quarter mile during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February sale of select 2-year-olds in training.
Grade I winner Mass Media and promising first-crop sire Gibson County will stand in 2007 at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Stakes winner Gibson County was represented by his first two winners in April.
A Swiss Yodeler colt and fillies bySalt Lake and Gibson County were among the standouts Monday during the second and final under tack show prior to Tuesday's Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Sea Jewel, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), faces stakes winners Atlantic Ocean and Summer Wind Dancer in Sunday's $100,000-added Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.
Echo Eddie and jockey Patrick Valenzuela bulled their way past Rocky Bar on the inside and went on to a two-length victory in Sunday's autumn meet-closing $85,970 Dayjur Handicap at Hollywood Park.
El Dorado Shooter, a distant sixth in the California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, posted an impressive win over 12 rivals Saturday in the $72,200 Oakland Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
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