Champion Anees, euthanized Saturday.

Champion Anees, euthanized Saturday.

Champion Anees Euthanized as Result of Broken Leg

Champion Anees, who was in the middle of standing his third season at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Ky., was euthanized the morning of April 5 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee, five days after he was taken to that veterinary clinic because of a fractured left front pastern suffered in a paddock accident.

"He was outfitted with two steel pins in the cannon bone to help bear the weight," said the farm's Bayne Welker Jr. "The pins broke and the weight shifted to the pastern bone. He was under severe pain, and the decision was made to put him down."

Bred by Farfellow Farms, Anees was a champion for the late Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp. and trainer Alex Hassinger, clinching the title by winning the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Anees (Unbridled -- Ivory Idol, by Alydar) ran in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but finished 13th at 17-1. He had bones chips removed from both ankles shortly after the race and never started again. He was retired with two wins from seven starts and $699,200 in earnings.

Anees entered stud in 2001 at Mill Ridge, owned by Alice Chandler and her husband, Dr. John Chandler. Six-year-old Anees, who stood for $15,000, covered 29 mares this year, and 17 of them have been pronounced in foal. His first foals are yearlings of 2003.

Anees was buried at the farm.