Polish Numbers dead at 14.

Polish Numbers dead at 14.

Tony Leonard

Leading Maryland Sire Polish Numbers Euthanized

Leading Maryland sire Polish Numbers, who stood his entire career at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, shattered his tibia in a paddock accident on Friday and had to be euthanized. Polish Numbers entered stud in 1992 and was the first horse syndicated by Northview for stallion duty at the former Windfields Farms, founded by E.P. Taylor. The 14-year-old son of Danzig occupied the same stall formerly used by his famous grandsire, Northern Dancer.

Polish Numbers, who was produced from Ogden Phipps' champion Numbered Account (by Buckpasser), was originally syndicated for $17,500 a share and stood for $3,500. Shares were later sold for up to $275,000 after his first few crops hit the track, he stood for as much as $25,000.

Polish Numbers is represented by 35 stakes winners and the earners of $20 million. He topped Maryland's sire list by progeny earnings in 1998, was second the next two years, and fourth in 2001. This year, he ranks fourth, with the earners of $3.2 million.

Bred by Phipps, Polish Numbers raced for his breeder's son, Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, and was stakes-placed at two and a track-record setter at Belmont Park the following year. He won four of 11 starts and earned $80,493. Two of his half-siblings, Private Account and Dance Number, were grade I winners.

Polish Numbers covered 53 mares this year at Northview, which is owned by Allaire du Pont, Dr. Tom Bowman, and Richard Golden.