Lyphard, seen here in a 1987 photo, dead at 36 after distinguished career at stud.

Lyphard, seen here in a 1987 photo, dead at 36 after distinguished career at stud.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Lyphard Euthanized at Age 36

Lyphard, one of the great sires of recent times and certainly one of the longest living, was euthanized June 10 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Pensioned in 1996 at age 27, Lyphard lived to be 36.

"Lyphard has been a part of the Gainesway family for 27 years," said Antony Beck, the president of Gainesway Farm. "He was a tremendous racehorse and sire; we are saddened by his passing."

Lyphard, by Northern Dancer, sired 115 stakes winners and is the broodmare sire of 196 stakes winners. He was the leading sire of 1986 with $6 million when his progeny included champion grass horse Manila.

Manila was one of five male horses on the ballot this year for induction to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, but none of the horses received the necessary 75% ballot inclusion to be elected.

Trained in France by Alec Head, Lyphard won the Prix de la Foret and Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at 3 and won five stakes races over his career. He retired in France and arrived at Gainesway in 1978 when the farm was owned by John Gaines. He stood at Haras d'Etreham in France before moving to Gainesway.

Lyphard and Riverman were both group I winners in France for Mrs. Pierre Wertheimer and stood there before going to Gainesway, where each sired more than 100 stakes winners.

Lyphard, out of the Court Martial mare Goofed, led the French sire list in 1978 and 1979 as well as the broodmare sire list in 1985 and 1986. He sired 64 graded/group stakes winners, 25 of whom won a grade/group I race.

Eight of his offspring earned championship honors, including Manila, who earned $2,692,799. He also sired Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Three Troikas and Dancing Brave, both French champions. Lyphard is the broodmare sire of champions Hatoof and Tight Spot and multiple grade I winners Heritage of Gold ($2,381,762) and Skimming ($2,286,601) in addition to nine other champions and 196 stakes winners.