California stallion Caros Love was euthanized May 31 at Rancho San Roberto Farm near Bakersfield, due to complications from infirmities of old age. He was 29.
A son of the Irish stallion, Caro out of the graded stakes-winning, Northern Jove mare Lady Jove, Caro's Love was bred in California by E. L. Allee Ranch and raced by Chillingworth S C.
At 2, he won the Agua Caliente Handicap by a disqualification after finishing second by a nose. He also captured the Temperence Hill Handicap at Louisiana Downs, and Hollywood Park's On Trust Handicap.
Caros Love ran the fastest two-turn mile in U.S history in 1988, when he broke the 38-year-old track record at Golden Gate Fields winning the Big Jess overnight handicap. Under jockey Marco Castaneda he crossed the finish in 1.33 flat, shattering the old record of 1.33 3/5 set by Citation in 1950.
He retired in 1988 with a record of 7-0-4 from his 19 starts, to stand at stud in California. He stood at Cardiff Stud Farm, Pinnacle Vista Ranch, and finally at Rancho San Roberto.
From only 116 foals, he had 45 winners, including the stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed Arrivederci Baby and stakes winner Fantasy of Caro, among others.