Deputy Commander, the 1997 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner, was euthanized Oct. 7 at Donald and Karen Cohen's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.
Unreal Zeal, a former leading Illinois sire, was euthanized in September because of the infirmities of old age.
Reserved early, Meteor Storm and Jose Valdivia Jr. came flying down the outside of the course to win the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday on the Belmont Park turf.
Unreal Zeal, who appears headed for his third consecutive leading sire title in Illinois, will stand in 2004 at Harvey and Nancy Vanier's Fairberry Farm near Waterloo.
Horizon Farms near Barrington, Ill., will cease operating as a breeding and boarding operation on Sept. 1. Currently the farm stands three of Illinois' top five stallions, including the state's leading sire, Unreal Zeal.
Demidoff, a full brother to Gone West, will stand next year at Horizon Farms near Barrington Hills. Ill.
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