Top South African Sire Jet Master Dead

He was leading sire in South Africa four times, according to The Jockey Club.

Jet Master, a four-time leading sire in South Africa according to The Jockey Club, died Nov. 14 at age 17 after suffering from side effects associated with West Nile Virus, which he contracted earlier this year.

According to the KZN Breeders Association, Jet Master underwent surgery the weekend of Nov. 12 in an attempt to help him regain his coordination. He did not recover.

Jet Master, by Rakeen out of Jet Lightning, was bred in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa by Hugh Jonsson and foaled in 1994. On the racetrack he had 17 victories in 24 starts, according to South African statistics; eight wins were in group I company in South Africa.

Jet Master, a two-time South African horse of the year, first stood at Highlands Stud and then was moved to Klipdrift Farm. Among his progeny was the gelding Pocket Power, a winner of 20 races, nine of them group I, according to the breeders' association.