Champion Steinlen Dies After Fracturing Leg

Eclipse Award winner Steinlen died June 9 at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., after fracturing a rear leg in a paddock accident. Campaigned as a homebred by Daniel Wildenstein, Steinlen was voted champion grass male in 1989 following triumphs in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Arlington Million (gr. IT), and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IT).

Bred in the name of Allez France Stables, Steinlen returned to the racing wars following his championship season and scored a grade I win in the Hollywood Turf Handicap. A stakes winner in France prior to his U.S. arrival, he was retired with 20 wins from 45 starts and earnings of $3,297,169.

Steinlen entered stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Paris, Ky., and was moved to Harris Farms for the 1996 breeding season. Eighteen-year-old Steinlen, who was produced from the Jim French mare Southern Seas, sired two stakes winners.