'Freak Accident' Claims Life of Deep Gold

Deep Gold, a nine-year-old stallion by Olympio--Distinctive Review, by Distinctive Pro standing at Cedar Creek Ranch near Grenville, New Mexico died following a freak accident.

"He slipped and fell and damaged his spinal cord," said Richard Snyder, owner of Cedar Creek Ranch. "There was nothing we could do. It's a shame because he was a promising young stallion."

Snyder said Deep Gold had covered 22 mares this season. He entered stud in 2004 and his first foals arrived this year. To date he has 19 registered foals. His 2005 stud fee was $2,000.

Deep Gold, bred in Kentucky by Nelson McMakin and Becky Thomas, had a 7-6-3 slate from 33 starts and earned $364,938. In 2000, he won the 6 1/2-furlong Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Later that year, he ran second in the mile Red Bank Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth. He placed in four other stakes including the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. He raced for Joselito Millan and Naveed Chowhan and was trained by Bernie Flint.