Beacon Shine Dies After Bout of Colic

Beacon Shine, a 3-year-old son of Montbrook owned by Kinsman Stable, died April 8 after a bout of colic. The colt, trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was based at Churchill Downs and was entered to run in last Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

"It's just one of those things that happens," a disheartened Zito said. "He colicked at about four o'clock in the morning. It then looked like he was going to be OK, but he then took a turn for the worse. It's a shame, but it's part of the business."

Beacon Shine earned $106,530 off a 2-0-1 slate of five starts for Kinsman Stable. A winner first time out by 8 ¾ lengths at Keeneland last April, the dark bay colt then ran third in the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs on Derby day and won the five-furlong Flash Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont June 10.

The Florida-bred was then off until earlier this year when he lost his rider at the start in an allowance race Feb. 9. He ran third in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in his final start March 4.

Out of the Valid Appeal mare Unlimited Pleasure, Beacon Shine was bred by Ocala Stud Farm. He was a $200,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. select 2-year-old sale purchase.