Kenmare Dies of Heart Attack

International stallion Kenmare, who twice led the French sires list, died on Feb. 7 of a heart attack at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales, Australia. The 26-year-old son of Kalamoun had been pensioned at Arrowfield following the 1996 breeding season.

Kenmare was one of the first stallions to stand on both sides of the equator. He was France's leading sire by progeny earnings in 1988-89 and led the 2-year-olds list in 1989.

Kenmare raced as a homebred for Baron Guy de Rothschild. He won the 1977 Prix Thomas Bryon (Fr-III) as a 2-year-old and the 1978 Prix Jacques Le Marios (Fr-I) and Prix de Fontainebleau (Fr-III) the year he was France's second-highweighted miler. He was retired with six wins from 11 starts and earnings of $146,100.

Kenmare, who was produced from the Milesian mare Belle of Ireland, has sired 64 stakes winners, 36 of which were graded or group winners. His champions include French runners Kendor and Highest Honor. As a broodmare sire, Kenmare is represented by 33 added-money winners, including Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Lit de Justice.