Multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Rene Araya, a veteran on the New York Racing Association circuit, died Jan. 26 in Florida at the age of 73.
Nappelon, dam of 2007 champion Ginger Punch, died May 31 in Central Kentucky.
Ginger Punch, last year's champion older female, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.
Stronach Stables' Ginger Punch proved why she is a champion against an overmatched field Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, romping by 6 3/4 lengths in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff.
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