General Challenge, California's top 3-year-old male in 1999, was euthanized Feb. 4 at Golden Eagle Farm after his "condition deteriorated rapidly," the farm said on its Facebook page. The gelding was 18.
Racing fans reserve a special place in their hearts for the talented horse denied opportunity because of injury or circumstance--like Event of the Year, who won Turfway's Kentucky Derby prep in 1998.
California breeder/owner Larry Mabee died Sunday, Dec. 16, of prostate cancer at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Betty Mabee, who with her late husband, John, built one of the West Coast's leading Thoroughbred empires, has died.
General Meeting, one of California's top sires for years, was euthanized Dec. 15 because of skin cancer near his testicles.
The late breeder John Mabee and his wife Betty Mabee, deceased legislator Ken Maddy, and the racing stars Best Pal and Free House have been elected to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Hall of Fame.
Fantastic Girl and Sophisticated Girl, who resided as pensioners in the same field at Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif., were euthanized in November because of the infirmities of old age.
General Meeting, one of California's leading sires since the 1990s, has been pensioned because of severe arthritis in his neck.
Yearly Report, a homebred grade II winner for Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm, has been retired from racing and is booked to Gone West.
Golden Eagle Farm's Yearly Report and jockey Jerry Bailey repelled upset-minded Ender's Sister in deep stretch to win the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) Saturday at Delaware Park.
Avenue of Flags, who has sired the career earners of $11.7 million while standing his entire career at the Mabee family's Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif., has been sold and will take up stallion duty at Double LL Farm near Bosque, N.M.
Elizabeth Moran's Excellent Meeting died March 23 during colic surgery at Rood and Riddle equine hospital near Lexington.
Feb. 13, 1999
Excellent Meeting at Santa Anita
General Challenge, who won three of California's biggest grade I stakes, has been retired to Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm
The late John Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm colors were prominent during the opening week at Hollywood Park
A private funeral service for owner-breeder John Mabee will be held Tuesday, with a visitation scheduled for Monday and a memorial service to be held next Tuesday, May 7.
John C. Mabee, who parlayed a corner grocery store into one of the country's most prominent breeding and racing operations, died April 24 at the Casa Palmera Care Center in Del Mar, less than a week after suffering a major stroke. He was 80.
Owner-breeder John C. Mabee, the former president and chairman of the board of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club who suffered a stroke April 14, has been transferred to a care facility just two miles from the track.
Owner-breeder John C. Mabee suffered his second stroke in two years Sunday and was listed in critical condition Friday while breathing with the aid of a respirator.
Robert S. Strauss, former ambassador to Russia and one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will replace the retiring John Mabee as chairman of the board of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Also, Betty Mabee, John's wife and partner in Golden Eagle Farm, has been added to Del Mar's board of directors.
John C. Mabee, a founding member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and its leader for almost 25 years, is stepping down from his role as chairman of its board of directors and will be named director emeritus with the start of the New Year.
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