Epsom Derby Winner Shaamit Dead

English champion Shaamit, who won the 1996 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) in his seasonal debut, died the night of April 7. According to the Racing Post, the 8-year-old stallion, who stood at Alfred Buller's Scarvagh House Stud in County Down in Northern Ireland, died from complications from a hemorrhaged intestine on the way to a clinic.

Campaigned as a homebred by Khalifa Abdulla Dasmal, Shaamit (Mtoto -- Shomoose, by Habitat) beat 19 rivals in winning the Epsom Derby, then took on older horses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) and Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), finishing third and fourth, respectively. His racing career concluded with an unplaced effort in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and he entered stud with two wins from six starts and earnings of $900,797.

Shaamit, whose oldest foals are 3-year-olds, is represented by Italian stakes-placed Fedina.