Leading New York Stallion Distinctive Pro Dead

Distinctive Pro, one of New York's leading stallions whose son Distinctive Trick won Aqueduct's Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes Feb. 19, was euthanized around Jan. 1. The 26-year-old son of Mr. Prospector had suffered from laminitis and complications from the infirmities of old age. Distinctive Pro, who stood at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., since moving from Florida for the 1990 breeding season, was pensioned in the fall of 2004 because of arthritis in his stifles. He ranked among New York's leading stallions every year since arriving in the Empire State.

Distinctive Pro has sired 44 stakes winners, 43 stakes-placed runners, and the earners of $35.8 million. His 10 graded stakes winners included multiple New York grade I winner Quick Mischief. A stakes winner in all her five years of racing, Quick Mischief scored grade I wins in the 1990 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park and the 1992 John A. Morris Handicap at Saratoga.

Distinctive Pro's stakes winners also included New York champions Dancin Renee and Mellow Roll. The former was 1997 Horse of the Year and best sprinter and older female. Mellow Roll, who was 1997 champion 2-year-old male, scored his big win in the 1998 Empire Classic Handicap.

Bred by Aisco Stable, Distinctive Pro (Mr. Prospector--Well Done, by Distinctive) by won eight of 13 races and earned $179,187. He equaled a track record of 1:08 3/5 for six furlongs at Hialeah in the Marigold Stakes, one of his four stakes wins. He is represented by 27 2-year-olds and 22 yearlings.