SABIANGO dies at the age of 21

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Gestüt Fährhof in Germany has reported the death of its three-time group/grade 1 winner Sabiango at the age of 21. Sabiango was a true son of Fährhof, as he was by the stud’s brilliant racecourse performer and sire Acatenango and out of its excellent broodmare Spirit of Eagles, who also produced Arlington Million (G1) and Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) winner Silvano.

Originally trained by Andreas Wöhler, the chestnut defeated Boreal and Belenus to take the Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (G1) at 3, when he also won the 166 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen (G2) and ran second in the WGZ Bank-Deutschland-Preis (G1) and third in the U.A.E. Grosser Preis von Baden (G1).

Sabiango came back at 5 to land the West LB-Deutschland-Preis (G1) by 3 1/2 lengths and ran with credit to finish fourth to Sulamani in the Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park and fifth behind Phoenix Reach in the Pattison Canadian International Stakes (G1) at Woodbine. At 6, he was switched stateside to trainer Bob Baffert and ran out a surprise winner of the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (G1) at Hollywood Park carrying the silks of legendary “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts, a close associate of Fährhof who leased the horse after helping to iron out some of his quirks.

Sabiango ended his racing career with Tim Yakteen, for whom he won the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (G3) at Kentucky Downs. Upon retirement, he returned to Europe to stand at Haras des Chartreux in France until 2009, when he headed home to Fährhof. His last living foals are recorded as having been born in 2014.

Sabiango will be fondly remembered by his connections as a top-class runner on the track, and Fährhof posted on its Facebook page: “RIP old boy, we’ll miss you.”