2012 Farewells

Remembering the people and horses that left us in 2012.

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Aptitude, 15 - Grade I Winner. Won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). Finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Sired 20 stakes winners, including grade I winner Great Hunter.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Artax, 17 - 1999 Champion Sprinter. Won the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Carter Handicap (gr. I), Vosburgh (gr. I). Sired 6 stakes winnes, including grade I winner Friendly Michelle.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Benburb, 23 - 1992 Canadian Horse of the Year. Earned $1,159,949.

Photo: Michael Burns

Sondra Bender - Maryland Owner/Breeder. Horses included La Reine's Terms, winner of 11 stakes.

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Furman Bisher - Turf writer

Photo: Ap Photo

Blumin Affair, 21, Grade III Winner. Won the San Diego Handicap (gr. III). Finished 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and 3rd in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Pacific Classic (gr. I). Sired 32 stakes winners.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Borgia, 18 - Champion in Germany, England, and France. Won three group I races, including the Hong Kong Vase (HK-I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Audre Cappuccitti - Canadian Owner/Trainer. Horses included Canada's 2011 champion male sprinter Essence Hit Man.

Photo: Michael Burns

Cardmania, 26 - 1993 Champion Sprinter. Won Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Photo: Benoit Photo

Lewis Cenicola - Trainer. won 279 races from 2,673 starters as a trainer. He was also exercise rider for John Henry.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Chichicastenango, 14, Group I Winner. Won the Prix Lupin (Fr-I), Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I). Sired 9 stakes winners.

Photo: Courtesy Shadai Stallion Station

Chief Bearhart, 19 - 1997 Champion Grass Horse, 1997 and 1998 Canadian Horse of the Year. Sired 15 stakes winners, including Japanese champions Meiner Recolte and Merci A Time (a steeplechaser), New Zealand champion Shikoba, and Japanese grade I winner Meiner Kitz.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Thomas Clifton - Jockey. Rode 12,425 starters with 2,016 victories, 1,796 seconds, and 1,653 thirds through a career that began in 1994.

Photo: Penn National

Frank Costa - New Jersey Trainer. He saddled 6,193 starters with 517 winners, 650 second-place finishers, and 680 horses that showed for earnings of $9,842,705.

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Degenerate Gal, 27 - Grade II Winner, Dam of grade III winner Positive Gal.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Deputed Testamony, 32 - Grade I Winner. Won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I). Sired 21 stakes winners, including graded winners Under Oath, Testafly and Gold Fleece.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Dynaformer, 27 - Grade II winner and leading sire. Sired 136 stakes winners, including 26 grade I winners and 18 millionaires. Offspring include 2006 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, and 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Americain.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Eltish, 20 - Group II Winner. Finished 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. I). Sired 13 stakes winners.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Evansville Slew, 20 - Grade II Winner. Sired 34 stakes winners.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Marge Everett - Chairwoman Hollywood Park

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Fortunate Prospect, 31 - Grade III winner. Sired 30 stakes winners. Broodmare sire of Ron the Greek, Mission Approved, etc.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Peter Fuller - Owner of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Dancer's Image. Other horses owned included Mom's Command and Trip for A.J.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Loyd Gentry - Kentucky Trainer. Horses trained included Graustark, Kauai King, and Proud Clarion.

Photo: Courtesy Of The Gentry Family

Giant Ryan, 6 - Grade I Winner. Won the Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Rick Samuels

Grand Slam, 17, Grade I Winner. Sired 74 stakes winners. including Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Cajun Beat, Saratoga grade I winner Visionaire, and Japanese group I winner Café Olympus.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Hollywood Wildcat, 22 - 1993 Champion 3-year-old filly. Won Hollywood Oaks (gr. I), Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), Gamely Handicap (gr. I). Dam of grade I winner War Chant and group II winner Ivan Denisovich.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Houston, 26 - Grade II Winner. Sired 13 stakes winners.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Barbara Hunter - Kentucky Owner/Breeder. Owner of Brownwood Farm. Horses included Kootenai, Snow Top Mountain, and Keertana.

Photo: David Young

Ibn Bey, 28 - Champion in Italy, Germany, and Ireland. Finished 2nd in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Frank Justice - Kentucky Breeder/Owner. Horses included grade I winner Shakespeare.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Joe Kelly - Maryland Turf Writer, historian

Photo: Jim Mccue, Maryland Jockey Club

Bud Klokstad - Northern California Trainer. Horses included 1983 Champion Sprinter Chinook Pass.

Photo: Duane Hamamura

Jack Klugman - Owner and Breeder. Actor Jack Klugman loved horse racing and gambling. Horses co-owned included Jaklin Klugman, who finished 3rd in the 1980 Kentucky Derby, and grade II winner Pretty Unusual.

Photo: Ap Photo

Kris Kin, 12 - Group I Winner. Won the 2003 Epsom Derby.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Tony Leonard - Eclipse Award-winning Photographer

Photo: John C. Engelhardt

Lit de Justice, 22 - 1996 Champion Sprinter. Won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Sired 23 stakes winners.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Donald Little - Founder Centennial Farms. Horses included 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair and grade I winner Corinthian.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Lord Avie - 1980 Champion 2-year-old colt. Won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), the Young America Stakes (gr. I), and the Florida Derby (gr. I). Sired 84 stakes winners.

Photo: Bob Coglianese / Nyra

Love of Money, 11 - Grade II Winner. Won the 2004 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Larry Mabee - California breeder/owner. Operated Golden Eagle Farm

Photo: Tracy Gantz

Madcap Escapade, 11 - Grade I Winner, earned $1,052,852. Dam of grade I winner Mi Sueno.

Photo: Ryan Mcalinden/equi-photo

Alex Maese - California Jockey. Rode from 1952-1981, and finished his career with 1,981 wins and purse earnings of $8,673,676.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Mambo Meister, 7 - Grade III Winner. Won or placed in 19 stakes.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Maram, 6 - Grade III winner. Won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Michael Marten - Eclipse Award-winning photographer

Photo: John C. Engelhardt

Frank 'Pancho' Martin - Hall of Fame Trainer. He saddled 3,240 winners of more than $47.5 million. Trained more than 50 stakes winners, including Sham, Autobiography, and Outstandingly.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Millennium Wind, 14 - Grade I Winner. Won the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Sired 3 stakes winners.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Maurice Miller - Kentucky pinhooker.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Millionreasonswhy - Grade II Winner. Won the Matron Stakes (gr. II) and the Wide Country Stakes.

Photo: Jim Mccue, Maryland Jockey Club

Montjeu, 16 - 1999 European Champion 3-year-old colt. Won 6 Group I Races. Sired 117 stakes winners, including Camelot, Pour Moi, Hurricane Run, Fame and Glory, and St Nicholas Abbey.

Photo: Courtesy Coolmore Stud

Niigon, 11 - 2004 Queen's Plate Winner. Sired 7 stakes winners.

Photo: Michael Burns

Noverre, 14 - Group I Winner. Sired 22 stakes winners.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Martin Owens - Ohio Trainer. Trained about 35 stakes winners including 1972 Ohio Horse of the Year Burglary, who won 36 races during his career.

Photo: Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders And Owners

Peaks and Valleys - 1995 Canadian Horse of the Year. Sired 34 stakes winners, including grade II winners Dollar Bill, Chamrousse, and Higher World.

Photo: Tony Leonard

Pete Pedersen - California Steward. Earned an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2002.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Elvis Perrodin - Louisiana Jockey. Won 3,083 races from 21,370 mounts and once captured six races at Fair Grounds on a single card. He rode the winners of more than 210 stakes, and his mounts earned more than $41 million. In 1983, he won 22 stakes, including the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) on Listcapade.

Photo: Hodges Photography/lou Hodges Jr

Pulpit, 18 - Grade II Winner. Sired 63 stakes winners, including grade I winners Corinthian, Ice Box, Pyro, Sky Mesa, Stroll, Purge, and Power Broker.

Photo: Equi-photo

Eddie Razo Jr. - Midwest Jockey. Had 2,962 wins from 24,270 mounts, for earnings of $64,011,843. Won had 2,962 wins from 24,270 mounts, for earnings of $64,011,843. In 2011, he won the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) aboard Rocket Twentyone and the Ohio Derby (gr. III) aboard Caleb’s Posse.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Refuse To Bend, 12 - Group I Winner. Winner of 4 group I races, and $1,350,034. Sired 23 Stakes Winners.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Lyman Rollins - Arizona Trainer. Horses trained included grade II winner Answer Do.

Photo: Rollins Racing Stable

Royal Academy, 25 - Grade I Winner. Won the 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I). Sired 171 stakes winners, including grade/group I winners Val Royal (who also won the Breeders' Cup Mile), Ali-Royal, Carmine Lake, Sleepytime, Zalaiyka, and Lavery.

Photo: Courtesy Coolmore Stud

Sand Cove, 7 - 2012 Canadian Champion Older Horse. Won or placed in 18 stakes, including victory in the 2011 Seagram Cup (Can-III).

Photo: Michael Burns

Mitch Shirota - Trainer. Saddled 236 winners from 1,637 career starters, and his horses earned $5,692,466. Horses trained included Shaconage, winner of the Argent Mortgage Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Sherriff's Deputy, 18 - Dam of 2-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Sightseeing, 8 - Grade II Winner. Sire of So Many Ways, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) and Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Skip Trial, 30 - Grade I Winner. Sire of 28 stakes winners, including 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Jeff Sotman - Industry Executive. General manager for The Horseplayer Magazine.

Photo: Courtesy Ntra

Theatrical, 30 - Grade I Winner. Sire of 84 stakes winners, including three-time Japanese champion Hishi Amazon, Irish champion 3-year-old male Zagreb, Irish champion filly Theoretically, and French classic winner Madeleine's Dream.

Photo: Skip Trial

Thiskyhasnolimit, 5, Grade III Winner. Won the grade III Iroquois Stakes at 2, and the grade III Texas Mile at 4.

Photo: Hodges Photography/lynn Roberts

Lou Tice - Washington Owner. Raced 2009 Emerald Downs' horse of the meeting Assessment.

Photo: Courtesy Pacific Institute

John Wirchainski - Jockey. Rode at Santa Anita, Tropical Park, Garden State, Hialeah, Gulfstream, Scarborough Downs, Atlantic City, Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga. He was exercise rider for Sir Gaylord and Cicada.

Photo: Nyra Photo

Z Fortune, 7 - Grade III Winner. Won the 2008 LeComte (gr. III), finished 2nd in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), and third in the Ohio Derby (gr. II).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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