Oklahoma Stallion Here We Come Dead

Here We Come, one of Oklahoma's top sires, died at age 16 Sept. 24 at Joyce Tackett's B-T Ranch near Collinsville, Okla. His death came the day before his son, George Taylor, won the Oklahoma Classics Classic Stakes at Remington Park for the second consecutive year. Here We Come ranks sixth on the state's leading sire list by 2004 progeny earnings.

Tackett's late husband, Bill, bought unraced Here We Come for $41,000 at the 1992 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale from Oak Tree, agent. Packing an impeccable pedigree, by Mr. Prospector out of a multiple stakes-winning daughter of The Minstrel, Here We Come got out to a quick start at stud. His initial crop included Oklahoma Classics Day Lassie Stakes winner Jovial Spectator. His first two crops yielded 29 winners from 35 foals.

Here We Come has sired 16 stakes winners, including 1997 Oklahoma Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male Toll Booth Willie. In 2000, his son Rockchalk Jayhawk was named Oklahoma's 2-year-old champion and another son, Findaway, was the state's champion sprinter. Here We Come sired 11 stakes-placed runners and the earners of $5 million.

Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish, Here We Come was produced from the Minstress, whose other offspring include the dam of champion Storm Song.