My Memoirs, Second to A.P. Indy in the Belmont, Dead

My Memoirs, an English-bred who finished second to A.P. Indy in the 1992 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in his first U.S. start, died June 24 at George and Susan Wafer's Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch near Elizabeth, Colo. The 17-year-old son of Don't Forget Me was found dead in his paddock.

"We're not sure what happened," Susan Wafer said. "He suffered a stroke last year and got well enough to cover a few mares this year. He was really a nice horse. A lot of his retired horses we sold as hunter-jumpers."

My Memoirs ran in the Belmont for Jeff Siegel and Barry Irwin's Team Valor Stables and was attempting to become the first English-bred winner of the race since Celtic Ash in 1960. My Memoirs was acquired by the two men after his nose win in the Dee Stakes at nearly 10 1/2 furlongs that May at Chester in England.

Although an English-bred hadn't won the Belmont since 1960, a foreign-bred, Go and Go from Ireland, had won the race in 1990. Supplemented to the Belmont for $50,000 and sent off at 18-1, My Memoirs closed to finish three-quarters of a length behind A.P. Indy and a neck in front of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Pine Bluff.

My Memoirs raced once more that year, finishing last in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). He entered stud in 1994 at Maud Frank's The Manor near Manorville, N.Y., then was returned to training following the breeding season. He went winless in four starts for Frank and closed out his career with three wins from 14 starts and earnings of $229,799.

My Memoirs, who was represented by nine registered foals from his first crop, was moved to Wafer Thoroughbreds in 1995, where he sired his two stakes-placed runners, Tank Two and Lonesome Cowboy.