Washington Stallion Demons Begone Dead

Demons Begone, whose profuse bleeding as the favorite in the 1987 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) resulted in him being pulled up on the backstretch, died July 4 of a ruptured aorta at Ron and Nina Hagen's El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw, Wash. Demons Begone stood there since the 1997 breeding season and is represented by more than a dozen career stakes winners.

Demons Begone raced as a homebred for Mr. and Mrs. John Ed Anthony's Loblolly Stable. He went into the Kentucky Derby off triumphs in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), Rebel Stakes, and Southwest Stakes. Outrun in the early going, the colt began bleeding so bad that jockey Pat Day had no choice but to stop with him.

Demons Begone (Elocutionist--Rowdy Angel, by Halo) raced later in his career, and the best he could do was finish third in the Razorback Handicap (gr. II) the following year. He was retired with seven win from 14 races and earnings of $609,944 and entered stud in 1989 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. He stood there until he was moved to Washington

Demons Begone is a half-brother to Central Kentucky stallion Pine Bluff and to the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. His stakes winners include graded stakes winners Danville, Flitch, and Born Mighty, plus Venezuelan champion Demons Cloak. His runners have earned $9.8 million.