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Oklahoma Stallion Oratory Dead at Age 14

Grade II winner was a top-10 stallion in the state the past two years.

Oratory, a top-10 Oklahoma stallion in 2014 and 2015, has been euthanized following an accident that occured while he was recovering from surgery to address a nerve problem.

The 14-year-old son of Pulpit stood at Francisco and Lori Bravo's River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Okla., as property of Mike Grossman's Eureka Thoroughbred Farm.

He won three of his five races, all at 3, including a 4 3/4-length score in the Peter Pan (gr. II) at Belmont Park for owner Darley Stable. The Peter Pan, his first graded stakes try after allowance and maiden special weight victories, turned out to be his last start. He was retired after sustaining an injury in an ensuing workout.

From six crops to race, Oratory's progeny has earned nearly $8 million. His leading earner is multiple stakes winner Monster Sleeping, who has a bankroll of $481,880, and last year he was represented by the undefeated Texas-bred 2-year-old My Master Plan, a two-time stakes winner at Remington Park who was named the top juvenile filly at the Oklahoma City track.

"The loss of this good stallion is a loss for many people that were willing to support him and recognized his impeccable breeding and conformation," Francisco Bravo said. "Undoubtedly it's a terrible loss for owner Mr. Mike Grossman. We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding."

Oratory previously stood in Texas at Eureka Thoroughbred Farm and was that state's leading sire by earnings in 2012, with $1,486,771. He also stood in Maryland.