McCann's Mojave

McCann's Mojave

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Colic Claims Calif. Stallion McCann's Mojave

Multiple graded stakes winner stood at Rancho San Miguel for owner Mike Willman.

McCann's Mojave, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.5 million, was euthanized due to colic Oct. 11 in Apple Valley, Calif., said Santa Anita Park publicity director Mike Willman, owner of the California-bred son of Memo.

Willman also bred McCann's Mojave, along with Nikki Hunt. The 13-year-old stallion stood at Rancho San Miguel, near Paso Robles, Calif.

An eight-time stakes winner, McCann's Mojave's signature victory came as a 33-1 shot in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in 2007. Steve Specht was the trainer.

A bay horse by the Chilean-bred stakes winner Memo out of the multiple stakes winning Nordic Prince mare Joni U. Bar, McCann's Mojave earned $1,513,565 with 12 wins from 35 lifetime races. He won from six furlongs to a 1 1/8 miles.

Coincidentally, McCann Mojave's most recent winner came 5 1/2 hours after his death, in Friday's ninth race at Santa Anita. Charlie Time, a 2-year-old filly owned and bred by Howard and Janet Siegel, trained by Eddie Truman, and ridden by Martin Pedroza, won a $30,000 maiden claiming event by 3 1/2 lengths at 5-1, leading throughout the 5 1/2-furlong dash.

"He's produced sound horses with good bone," Truman said of McCann's Mojave. "The Siegels bred to him perhaps more than any other breeders. They've been in this business for more than 30 years and are big supporters of California racing."