Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, whose dam, Angel Fever, has died.

Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, whose dam, Angel Fever, has died.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Angel Fever, Dam of Fusaichi Pegasus, Dies at Age 14

Angel Fever, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, has died as a result of injuries she sustained in a paddock accident on Jan. 30 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm in Paris, Ky.

The 14-year-old mare, who was in foal to Seeking the Gold, fractured her pelvis and severed a major artery. She was owned in partnership by Hancock and Robert McNair, who purchased her at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $525,000.

A daughter of Danzig produced from the Halo mare Rowdy Angel, Angel Fever was a full sister to grade 1 winner Pine Bluff.

"From the beginning, Angel Fever was a very special mare to me," said Hancock. "This is a tragedy, but we were blessed to have been a part of her life."

In addition to Fusaichi Pegasus, who brought the top price of $4-million at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale, Angel Fever produced six other foals for the partnership. Included in her additional foals are a weanling filly and a yearling colt, both sired by Mr. Prospector and each of whom brought $1-million at auction; Bless, a 5-year-old mare by Mr. Prospector, who sold in-foal to Storm Cat for $4 million at the 2002 Keeneland November sale; and Blithe, a 3-year-old filly by Unbridled retained by Hancock and McNair.