Stakes Winning Sire Way West Euthanized

Multiple graded stakes-placed and stakes winning sire Way West was euthanized March 26 due to laminitis.

Way West was owned by a syndicate, including manager Bonnie Heath Farm. He stood in Florida before moving in 2004 to West Virginia to stand at O' Sullivan Farm until his death.

Way West is the sire of Western Pride, a multiple graded-stakes winner and a grade I-placed earner of $1,289,929, and graded stakes winner Flamethrowintexan.

The second leading sire by earnings in West Virginia in 2004, Way West finished 2005 in second place by number of winners and number of wins.

Bred by Wertheimer et Frere, Way West raced in France before his retirement to stud.