Multiple-graded-stakes winner Futural has died. The 20-year-old gelding was euthanized Monday evening (July 25) due to complications caused by advanced chronic osteoarthritis.
Futural had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, since 2006.
Bred in Florida by Harry T. Mangurian, Jr, Futural (Future Storm – Twigazuri, by Dixieland Band) scored his biggest wins at the age of five, capturing the 2001 San Bernadino Handicap and Mervyn Leroy Handicap.
In 2002 Futural captured his first Grade 1 win in the Hollywood Gold Cup, but he was controversially disqualified for interference and placed third.
His other victories included the Tokyo City Cup Handicap and the Sir Winston Churchill Handicap at the age of seven.
Racing to the age of 10, Futural won 12 of his 70 starts and garnered career earnings of $816,107.
His retirement to Old Friends was prompted in 2006 by renowned equine photographer Katey Barrett. After photographing the handsome chestnut during his banner year in Southern California in 2001, she fell in love with him. "When I photograph these horses, I often get connected to them," she said at the time.
Futural was running at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, when Barrett contacted then owners Donald Muldoon and trainer Dave Milburn and asked if she could find him a home when he was finished racing.
"Futural was a very generous horse and very kind," said Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron, who rode Futural in seven of his career starts. "He got me across the wire in the one and only time I ever won