Colorado Stallion Irish Bear Dead

Irish Bear, a popular stakes winner in the Northwest, died July 5.
The 19-year-old son of Lobsang out of the Tilt Top mare Tilly Jo stood at stud at Williams Ranches near Norwood, Colo.

Irish Bear, who began his racing career on the East Coast, won all six of his stakes after he was bought by Paskey Dedomenico in the middle of his 3-year-old season in 1987 and transferred to the Northwest. His four stakes victories that year included wins in the Longacres (gr. III) and British Columbia (gr. III) Derbys, plus the British Columbia Premier's Championship Handicap (gr. III) in track-record time at Exhibition Park.

Irish Bear, who also won the British Columbia Premier's Championship the following year and was a stakes winner in 1991, concluded his racing career for Heather Dedomenico. During his six years of racing, he captured 14 of 54 races and earned $514,242.

Irish Bear, who was bred in Florida by Gregory Hasho, sired four stakes-placed runners, including Irish Cream Taffy.