Stallion Indygo Shiner Dies in Argentina

Major South American sire stricken by ruptured stomach; also stood at Hill 'n' Dale.

Stallion Indygo Shiner was euthanized in Argentina Aug. 28 after suffering from an inoperable ruptured stomach, Hill 'n' Dale Farms reported.

The shuttle stallion, 15, was to begin another Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras La Quebrada in Buenos Aires when he was stricken. Indygo Shiner, a son of A.P. Indy, stood the Northern Hemisphere season at Hill 'n' Dale.

Indygo Shiner had been standing in Argentina since 2003. Among his best offspring are champion and Nacional-Argentine Derby (Arg-I) winner Tecla Shiner; Argentine Derby winner Indy Point, a stakes winner for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella; and Seleccion-Argentine Oaks (Arg-I) winner Miss Match, who captured the 2011 Santa Margarita Invitational (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park for Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. Indygo Shiner sired 19 stakes victors from 226 winners overall through Aug. 27, with combined earnings of more then $10.1 million.

Out of the grade III winner Navarra, by El Gran Senor, Indygo Shiner was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm. He won the 2001 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, one of four victories during a 12-race career that included three graded stakes placings and earnings of $444,066. His dam is a full sister to Juddmonte blue hen broodmare Toussaud.

"We are all very sad to lose this promising sire and member of our stallion roster," said John G. Sikura, president of Hill 'n' Dale Farms, in a brief statement.