Arlington Million winner Silvano, son of Lomitas.

Arlington Million winner Silvano, son of Lomitas.

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German Stallion Lomitas Dies

German champion sired Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Silvano.

German stallion Lomitas, sire of North American grade I winner Silvano, has been euthanized because of health reasons. The 22-year-old son of Niniski stood at Gestut Fahrhof in Germany.

Gestut Fahrhof was the breeder of Lomitas, who was foaled in Great Britain. As a racehorse, Lomitas had to overcome a fear of the starting gate. Favored for the 1991 Mehl-Melhens-Rennen (Ger-II), (German Two Thousand Guineas), Lomitas refused to enter the gate and was scratched.

Walther Jacobs of Gestut Fahrhof sought the help of American horse healer Monty Roberts. Cured of his obstinate ways, Lomitas won three German group I races and finished second in the BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) on his way to being named 1991 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.

In 1992, Lomitas was sent to England after a poison attack and an extortion attempt against Jacobs. He had won a pair of German group II events prior to his departure and was named champion older horse at 11 to 14 furlongs at the year's end.

After a stay in England, Lomitas ended up in California. Trained by Ron McAnally, Lomitas placed in the 1993 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IT) and the Shoemaker Handicap (gr. IIT).

Lomitas was retired in 1994 with 10 wins from 19 starts and earnings of $918,656. He was returned to Germany for stallion duty.

Lomitas is represented as a stallion by 52 stakes winners, including numerous champions in Europe. Silvano, a homebred for Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof, won the 2001 Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) and ran second in the Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT). He stands at Maine Chance Farm in South Africa.

During his stallion career, Lomitas stood at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England, from 2002-06.

Lomitas’ first two dams, La Colorada (by Surumu), and La Dorada, were German champions.