New Mexico Stallion Danzatore Dead

Danzatore, an Irish champion who sired champion Reraise, was euthanized last week. The 23-year-old stallion stood at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine Clinic near Roswell, N.M.

Bred in Canada by E.P. Taylor, Danzatore offered an intriguing 3 x 3 inbreeding to Native Dancer, being by Northern Dancer and out of a Raise a Native mare (Shake a Leg). He commanded $1 million at the 1981 Keeneland July yearling sale and raced in Ireland for a partnership that included Robert Sangster and Danny Schwartz.

Trained by Vincent O'Brien, Danzatore was named Ireland's champion 2-year-old after winning the 1982 Panasonic Beresford Two-Year-Old Stakes (Ire-II) and the Ashford Castle Stakes (Ire-III). He started his 3-year-old season with an Irish win in The Minstrel Stakes in a prep for the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), but was withdrawn from consideration about a week before the classic because of O'Brien's dissatisfaction over his workouts. He raced once more and lost. He later was retired with a record of four wins from five starts and $67,656 in earnings.

Danzatore began his stallion career the following year at Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. He later stood in the U.S. at Spendthrift Farm and Prestonwood Farms in Kentucky, then Summers Mill Farm in Texas before heading to Buena Suerte Equine. It was at Prestonwood where Reraise was conceived.

Reraise was voted 1998 champion sprinter after winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Reraise won eight of nine starts and earned $922,830.

Danzatore sired a total of 25 stakes winners and a like number of stakes-placed runners.