War Horse Place Stallion Kitalpha Dies

Full brother to Kingmambo succumbs to cancer at Lexington facility at age of 13.

War Horse Place stallion Kitalpha, a full brother to Kingmambo, has died of cancer, facility owner Gerry Aschinger announced in Lexington Sept. 21.

The 13-year-old stallion was found dead in his paddock Sept. 17. He had been diagnosed within the past month, and tests had determined that cancer had entered his lymph system, Aschinger said. The son of Mr. Prospector had been under treatment with a new medication, but the cancer raged on and during the night Kitalpha expired with no trauma, he said.

Imported from Zimbabwe, the unraced chestnut out of the champion Miesque had sired six crops before being returned to the United States, where he entered stud in 2008 at War Horse Place. Bred by Flaxman Holdings in Kentucky, he sired four champions.

"Kitalpha was exceptionally popular with breeders during his four seasons with us, and the quality of mares improved each year," Aschinger commented. "While we miss him dearly, we continue with our search of more stallion prospects to add to our roster."