Menifee, a multiple Grade 1 winner in the U.S. and revolutionary sire in Korea, has died of a heart attack at the Korea Racing Authority’s Jeju Stud Farm, per a report from the website Horse Racing In Korea.
The 23-year-old son of Harlan was bred in Kentucky by Arthur Hancock III, who co-campaigned him with James Stone. He punched his ticket to the 1999 Kentucky Derby with a second in the then-listed Tampa Bay Derby and a win in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Menifee then finished second behind Charismatic in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, before finishing eighth in the Belmont Stakes. He finished out the year with a win in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes, a third in the G1 Travers Stakes and a second in the G1 Super Derby. Trained by Elliott Walden, Menifee retired with five wins in 11 starts for $1,732,000.
Menifee began stallion duty at Hancock’s Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., for the 2000 breeding season, and he was sold to stand in South Korea starting in 2006.
His stud career took off in Korea, where he was the country’s leading sire every year from 2012 to 2017, and currently sits atop the progeny earnings standings in 2019. He sired five consecutive Korean Derby winners, including 2016 Korean Triple Crown winner Power Blade.
“Nothing Menifee did in Korea was normal,” wrote Horse Racing In Korea’s Alastair Middleton. “He has been called ‘Korea’s Sunday Silence’ and maybe time will prove that true. For now we remember a wonderful racehorse and a unique and irreplaceable stallion. Korea’s Menifee leaves a precious legacy.”
Read more at Horse Racing In Korea.
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