Florida Stallion Jeblar Dead

Prominent Florida stallion Jebler was killed by lightning in mid-September at Michael Sherman's Farnsworth Farms near Ocala, Fla. The 20-year-old stallion's death came shortly before he was to leave for Iowa to stand at Wade and Fred Feuring's Rockin River Ranch near Winterset. The farm had bought him privately.

Jeblar stood his entire career at Farmsworth. The son of Alydar got off to a quick start, with 13 2-year-olds winners from 28 foals and a sixth-place ranking nationally by progeny earnings on the 1991 freshman list. He topped the $2 million mark in progeny earnings four times during his career and just missed it in 2001.

Jeblar, who stood in the 1990s for $7,500, racked up solid numbers in other categories. He is represented by 82% starters from foals and 70% winners, plus 26 stakes winners and the earners of $20 million. Two of his runners, Cuzzin Jeb and Kissin' Jeb, were graded winners.

Bred Mr. and Mrs. James Binger's Tartan Farms, Jeblar raced for his breeder until Farnsworth bought him in training in 1986. He closed out his career with 14 wins from 40 starts, including seven stakes wins, and $320,618 in earnings. Jebar, who was produced from the Lucky Debonair mare City Girl, was buried at the farm.