Steeplechase Champion Highland Bud Dead

Champion Highland Bud won two Breeders' Cup Steeplechase events.

Highland Bud, a two-time Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase winner and 1989 Eclipse Award winner, was euthanized May 20 because of a debilitating sinus condition.  The 23-year-old gelded son of Northern Baby was buried with his Colonial Cup blanket at the farm of Charles Fenwick Jr.  and Sherry Fenwick in Butler, Md.

Highland Bud, who won the 1989 Colonial Cup Steeplechase Handicap, began suffering from chronic sinusitis in 2006, and despite surgeries and other treatments, his condition deteriorated.  He eventually lost the ability to breathe through his right nostril.

Bred in Kentucky by William Floyd, Highland Bud initially raced in Ireland, and then in England, before being returned to the United States. He was stakes-placed in Ireland and a stakes winner in England.

Racing for Jesse M. Henley Jr. and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Highland Bud won his first Breeders’ Cup and the Colonial Cup in 1989 in his first season following his return. He captured his second Breeders’ Cup in 1992 and ran second in the race the following year. He retired with 10 wins from 27 races and earnings of $514,796.

Highland Bud was produced from the Exclusive Native mare Fleur d’Or.