Stallion Don't Say Halo Dies in Australia

Don't Say Halo, a more modest sire son of Halo, died of a brain seizure at 20 in Western Australia.

Before heading to South Australian farm Toorak Park, he managed to win the Cinema Handicap (gr.II) at Hollywood Park and three other races from 16 attempts. He was third in the Swaps (gr. I). His first runners made him an instant success at Toorak. He was fourth on the freshman sire list and champion national juvenile sire by earnings with his second generation led by Canonize.

Danehill (1995) is the only other to also achieve this without supplying the winner of the Golden Slipper Stakes (Aust-I) in the past 25 years -- Canonize was second.

Don't Say Halo graduated to the the famed Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley on the strength of his early results, but was unable to sustain them in proportion to the higher quality mares. In 1997 he was sold to Mungrup Stud at Narrikup, outside Perth, where he was well patronated until his death at the start of the current stud season, for which his fee was $5,000. His stock won $14.5 million (Australian funds), his 487 foals of racing age resulting in 238 winners, including 20 stakes winners.