Bridlewood Farm stallion Black Mambo was euthanized Dec. 9 after suffering from a severe case of EPM. The 10-year-old son of Kingmambo stood his entire career at Bridlewood near Ocala, Fla.
“Black Mambo contracted EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) in June of this year,” said Bridlewood general manager George Isaacs. “From day one, an aggressive treatment program was administered to combat this insidious disease. Although he fought valiantly, he was not able to recover from the damage that the parasite caused. In my entire career, I have never seen a horse so affected by this condition.
“I would like to thank Dr. Corey Miller, Dr. Bob Bloomer, and Dr. Kent Cantrell for their efforts in trying to save him. We’re very saddened by his passing, and our hearts go out to all involved.”
Black Mambo currently ranks second on the 2009 Florida second-crop sires list, with progeny earnings of nearly $1.2 million. He is represented by 42 winners this year, including multiple stakes winner Big Push and stakes-placed runners African King and Mr. Monkey Jones.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and W.S. Kilroy and a $1.1 million Keeneland September sale yearling, Black Mambo won or placed in eight of 21 races, was stakes-placed, and earned $100,790. He was a half-brother to two stakes winners, including grade II winner Bite the Bullet, and a full brother to Love Me True, the dam of English and Irish champion Duke of Marmalade.