Charlie Barley in the 1989 Toronto Cup.

Charlie Barley in the 1989 Toronto Cup.

Michael Burns

Canadian Champion Charlie Barley Dies at 24

Son of Affirmed won 10 of 24 starts including eight stakes.

Charlie Barley, Canada’s champion turf horse of 1989, died Sept. 9 due to the infirmities of age at trainer-owner Gail Woods’ farm in Ontario. The son of Affirmed--Au Printemps, by Dancing Champ, was 24.

"He died of old age," John Haney, who owned the horse along with Scott Abbott, said in a statement. "He was the highlight of Scott’s and my racing career. He was a super horse. It was a great experience. We were very lucky to be associated with such a great talent."

In his Sovereign Award campaign, Charlie Barley won four races, along with four seconds and two thirds, from 11 starts. He was also the runner-up to With Approval for Canadian champion 3-year-old male in 1989.

A $50,000 yearling purchase, Charlie Barley retired from racing in 1990, completing a career in which he won 10 of 24 starts, including eight stakes, with 10 placings, and $922,943 in earnings.

Upon his retirement, Charlie Barley stood at stud in Canada and Illinois. From 12 crops of racing age, he was represented by offspring that earned more than $5.6 million. Among his six stakes winners was Canadian grade III winner Barlee Mist.

The Charlie Barley Stakes, run annually in early July at Woodbine, was inaugurated in 2001.