Washington Star Military Hawk Dies of Colic

The 24-year-old gelding won 12 stakes and nearly $700,000 during an 86-race career.

Military Hawk, one of the most durable and classy Thoroughbreds in Washington history, has died from colic, trainer Sharon Ross said.

Winner of 12 stakes and $688,128 in an exceptional 86-race career, the 24-year-old gelding expired during the week of Dec. 18 at Sharon and Larry Ross' farm in Auburn.

A 1987 foal owned and bred by George and Norma Sedlock's G & N Thoroughbreds, Military Hawk ranks second on the state's all-time earnings list. He might be the only horse ever to win races at Longacres, Playfair, Yakima Meadows, and Emerald Downs. The gelding's final race was Aug. 17, 1997 at Emerald Downs, a head victory in a $40,000 claiming race with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens aboard.

Stevens also was up when Military Hawk won the 1992 Washington Championship--the final stakes race in Longacres History--en route to honors as the state's top handicap Horse that year.

By Colonel Stevens--S.S. Hawk, Military Hawk debuted July 26, 1989 at Longacres, finishing second in a $16,000 maiden-claiming race for 2-year-olds. Military Hawk won stakes at Playfair and Yakima Meadows that fall, and would continue racing through his 10-year-old season in 1997. At Longacres, he finished second in the 1990 Longacres Derby and in 1991 won both the Renton Handicap and Seattle Handicap.

Military Hawk also won stakes in California at Bay Meadows, Pleasanton, Solano, and Santa Rosa, and in Canada at Exhibition Park. Military Hawk spent his retirement at the Ross farm with former runners like Passing Game, Branden's Brandy, Marketal and 1985 Longacres Mile winner Chum Salmon, who died in 2005 at age 25.