Proudest Romeo, sire of grade I winner Dearest Trickski, died Nov. 7 because of complications from abdominal problems, according to Dr. K.K. Jayaraman, who owned the stallion with his wife, Dr. Devi Jayaraman. A son of Proud Truth, Proudest Romeo resided at the couple’s Tiffany Farms near Ocala, Fla. He was 19 when he died.
A homebred for the Jayaramans, Proudest Romeo won or placed in 10 of 21 races and earned $205,445. His best effort came when he finished second to subsequent classic winner and champion Prairie Bayou in the 1993 Jim Beam Stakes (gr. II).
Proudest Romeo, who began his stallion career at Tiffany and later stood at Kilkerry Farm in Arkansas, is represented by seven stakes winners and the earners of $5.2 million. Dearest Trickski, bred by the Jayaramans, won three graded stakes, including the 2007 La Brea Stakes (gr. I). Comic Truth, a homebred for the couple, captured the 2003 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III).
Proudest Romeo was produced from stakes winner Dearest Indu (by Full Pocket). His third dam is a full sister to the great racehorse and sire Sir Ivor.