Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Kiri’s Clown Dead at 25

The 25-year-old Thoroughbred stallion was euthanized Dec. 22 due to complications following colic surgery.

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Millionaire and Grade 1 winner Kiri’s Clown has died. The 25-year-old Thoroughbred stallion, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, since 2006, was euthanized Dec. 22 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, due to complications following colic surgery. A full necropsy is pending.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement Dec. 22.

The son of Kentucky Derby Champion Foolish Pleasure and out of the Kris mare Kiri, Kiri’s Clown was one of Old Friends’s flagship retirees. He was donated to the farm by owners Bob and Mary Sullivan and was soon pastured next to his old track rival Awad. The two faced off in several editions of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer, with Kiri’s Clown claiming victory by a neck in 1995 when he set a track record at Saratoga.

Trained by Phil Johnson and ridden by Mike Luzzi, Jean Cruguet, and others, Kiri’s Clown raced for six seasons. His wins include the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct, as well as back-to-back editions of the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park in 1994 and 1995, where he set a course record each time

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