Fortunate Prospect, a successful sprinter and broodmare sire, was euthanized March 15 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Georgetown, Ky., because of complications from old age. The 31-year-old pensioned stallion (Northern Prospect—Fortunate Bid, by Lucky Debonair) had resided at Old Friends since 2006.
According to Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, the farm’s veterinarian, Douglas Byars, arrived at within minutes of Fortunate Prospect showing signs of distress and advised euthanasia after a thorough examination.
“Grandpa was our oldest retiree and one of our flagship residents,” Blowen said. “He was incredibly gentle and was beloved by everyone at Old Friends and by every visitor. He was the kindest, sweetest stallion we've ever had, and he will be greatly missed.
“His offspring are still filling race cards all over the country, and we’re incredibly happy to have been a part of his amazing legacy.”
Fortunate Prospect was bred in Florida by Michael Sherman and partners’ M. & M. Bloodstock Agency and raced most of his career for Gerald Robins. Fortunate Prospect got off to a rousing start when he captured the Hialeah Sales S Males at Hialeah by 20 lengths as a 2-year-old for Sherman and Retreat Stables in his first start. Robins bought him after his second start.
Fortunate Prospect won a total of 12 stakes including the San Vicente Stakes (gr. III) and a division of the 1986 Equus Handicap at Garden State Park in track-record time. He was retired with a record of 13-5-3 from 39 starts and earnings of $439,875.
Following his racing career Fortunate Prospect stood at Sherman’s Farnsworth Farms near Ocala, Fla., prior to his retirement in the winter of 2005. He has sired 30 stakes winners, the earners of more than $43.1 million, and a remarkable 74% winners from foals. His 573 winners from 779 foals include such graded stakes winners as Bold World, Dominant Prospect, Fortunate Faith, and Suave Prospect.
Fortunate Prospect’s success as broodmare sire was in full force recently when Ron the Greek won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Fortunate Prospect also is the maternal grandsire of grade I winner Mission Approved, grade II winner and successful sire Successful Appeal , and grade II winner Musket Man , who ran third in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).