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Mit 23: Rekord-Jährling Seattle Dancer ist eingegangen

Mit mehr als einmonatiger Verspätung erreichte uns die Nachricht vom Tod des auf dem Gestüt Au­enquelle aufgestellten Deckhengstes Seattle Dancer, der am 4. Juni im Alter von 23 Jahren Opfer einer Herzattacke wur­de. Der Nijinsky II-Sohn war als Jährling weltweit in die Schlagzeilen ge­kom­men, als er für die Rekordsumme von 13.100.000 Dollar erworben wurde.

Als Halbbruder von Seattle Slew, "Triple-Crown"-Sieger von 1977 und Pferd des Jahres sowie von Lomond, der 1983 in den englischen 2.000 Guineas (Gr. I) triumphiert hatte, war der von Warner L. Jones Jr., William S. Fqarish und William Kilroy gezogene Seattle Dancer als eines der "heißesten" Angebote auf die Keeneland July Yearling Sale von 1985 gegangen, eine Einschätzung, die in dem Rekordpreis dann auch ihre Bestätigung fand.

Für 13.100.000 Dollar wechselte er in den Besitz von John Magnier, Ro­bert Sangster, Trainer Vincent O´ Brien, Stavros Niarchos und Danny Schwartz. Er löste damit Snaafi Dancer als teuersten Jährling ab, für den 1983 bei der Keeneland July sale 10.200.000 Dollar gezahlt worden. Dieser Northern Dancer-Sohn erschien allerdings nie auf der Rennbahn.

Seattle Dancer begann seine Rennkarriere in den Niarchos-Farben als Dreijähriger, gewann mit dem Windfields Farm Gallinule und dem Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial zwei Gruppe-II-Rennen in Ir­land und erreichte Platz zwei im Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I). Mit diesen zwei Siegen bei fünf Starts und einer Gewinnsumme von 152.413 Dollar schloss er seine Laufbahn ab.

Der aus der Poker-Stute My Charmer stammende Hengst wurde daraufhin in die Zucht genommen und auf dem Ashford Stud, der Cool­more-Filiale in den USA, in der Nähe von Versailles in Kentucky aufgestellt, stand später auch auf dem Coolmore Stud. 1997 wechselte er auf das japanische East Stud, wo er sechs Jahre wirkte, um danach im Jahr 2003 im Alter von neunzehn Jahren seinen Deutschland-Aufenthalt zu begin­nen.

Vier Jahre wirkte er auf dem Gestüt Auenquelle in Rödinghausen. "Er ist uns absolut nichts schuldig geblieben. Es war ein Experiment, das als gelungen bezeichnet werden kann, denn er ist hervorra­gend eingeschlagen", meinte Karl-Dieter Ellerbracke vom Gestüt Auenquelle und bezog sich dabei auf die bislang gebrachten Produkte, unter denen sich Gruppe- und Listensieger befinden.

So setzte sich 2006 der inzwischen dreijährige, von Uwe Ostmann trainierte Global Dream in der 133. Mau­rice Lacroix-Trophy und damit einem Gruppe-Rennen in Iffezheim durch, während der gleichaltrige Adamantinos mit dem Kronimus-Rennen in Iffezheim und dem Großen Avaya Preis, dem früheren Sierstorpff-Rennen, in Hamburg zweimal auf Listen-Parkett triumphierte.

Ferner war Zuckerpuppe (Foto) Vierte im diesjährigen Schwarzgold-Rennen (Gr. II) in Köln. Sein bislang erfolgreichstes Produkt in Deutschland dürfte allerdings Que Belle gewesen sein, die 1997 sowohl das Henkel-Ren­nen (German 1.000 Guineas) in Düsseldorf als auch den abschließenden Preis der Diana (beide Gr. II) in Mülheim zu ihren Gunsten entschied.

Neben der deutschen Championstute und zweimaligen klassischen Siegerin Que Belle brachte Se­attle Dancer noch weitere 36 Stakes-Sieger. Herausragend in dieser Liste sind Pike Place Dancer, Siegerin der Kentucky Oaks (Gr. I), Caffe Latte, der in Kalifornien ein Grade-I-Rennen gewann, sowie der englische Gruppe-I-Sieger Seattle Rhyme und der australische Derbysieger Dance The Day Away.

Sein Rekordpreis von 13.100.000 Dollar hatte bis 2006 Bestand. Dann wurden anlässlich der "Fasig-Tipton Florida February Sale of 2-year-olds in training" 16.000.000 Dollar für The Green Monkey gezahlt. (13.07.2007)

Racing Post

Record yearling buy Seattle Dancer dead

by Amy Bennett

SEATTLE DANCER, who achieved infamy as a yearling when setting a world-record price of $13.1m in 1985, has died at the age of 23. According to the Blood-Horse, the son of Nijinsky suffered a heart attack last month at Gestut Auenquelle in Germany, his home since 2003.

SeattleDancer came to symbolise the heady days of the 1980s when the sky was apparently the limit for well-bred yearlings in the sales ring.

Out of the stakes-winning Poker mare My Charmer, he was a half-brother to the 1977 Triple Crown hero Seattle Slew and closely related to the 2,000 Guineas victor Lomond. The colt was destined to be hot property when he entered the ring at the Keeneland July Select yearling sale, and he lived up to the promise when purchased by the British Bloodstock Agency on behalf ofa group including Robert Sangster, John Magnier, Vincent O´Brien, Stavros Niarchos and Danny Schwartz.

His price tag remains a record for a yearling sold at public auction, although The Green Monkey, bought for $16m as a juvenile last year, has since eclipsed the record price for any horse sold at auction.

Unlike many other expensive yearlings who fail to live up to their hype, Seattle Dancer proved himself a high-class performer, winning the Gallinule Stakes and the Derinstown Stud Derby Trial, both Group 2s. Unraced at two, the colt made just five starts in his one-season career in the Niarchos colours, retiring with earnings of £111,303.

Such was the furore surrounding the colt that he was made third favourite for the 1987 Derby on the strength of his debut third place at Phoenix Park, although he would ultimately appear in the Prix du Jockey-Club rather than the Epsom Classic, finishing unplaced. In all, his career spanned just ten weeks, although it also included a second-place effort in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris.

The breeding shed was always going to be the place where Seattle Dancer was most likely to recoup his owners´ outlay and he was retired to stand at Ashford Stud, the Kentucky arm of Coolmore´s breeding operations, where his fee was initially set at $20,000 for the 1988 breeding season.

He remained at Ashford for the next seven seasons before transferring to Coolmore´s Fethard base for two years. A spell at East Stud in Japan followed, before he took up stud duties in Germany in 2003.

While Seattle Dancer´s stud career cannot be viewed as an unqualified success, his own talents as a turf performer were unlikely to ensure him great chances during his time at stud in Kentucky, although he did sire the 1996 Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Pike Place Dancer.

The stallion´s five winners at the highest level spanned three continents, with Caffe Latte, winner of the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap in California, his only other top-class US performer.

The Racing Post Trophy winner Seattle Rhyme ranks as Seattle Dancer´s best progeny to race in Britain, although the colt largely failed to live up to his early promise. The Australian Derby winner Dance The Day Away, and the dual German Classic winner Que Belle are his other Group 1 winners.

Pic: Part-owners Robert Sangster and Vincent O´Brien with Lester Piggott


The Bloodhorse

Seattle Dancer, Record-Priced Yearling, Dead

Seattle Dancer, who set the racing world abuzz when he commanded a world-record $13.1 as a yearling, died of a heart attack in June. The 23-year-old son of Nijinsky II stood at Gestut Auenquelle in Germany.

Bred in Kentucky by Warner L. Jones Jr., William S. Farish, and William Kilroy, Seattle Dancer was a hot item going into the 1985 Keeneland July yearling sale. A half-brother, Horse of the Year Seattle Slew, had won the 1977 Triple Crown, and another half-brother, Lomond, had captured the 1983 English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I). And there was another half-brother, Argosy, who also was a stakes winner.

Consigned by Jones as agent, Seattle Dancer sold for $13.1 million to the English branch of the British Bloodstock Agency. The purchase was made for the Irish-based Coolmore Stud triumvirate of John Magnier, Robert Sangster, and trainer Vincent O´Brien; Stavros Niarchos of Greece; and Danny Schwartz of California.

The price bettered the $10.2 million paid at the 1983 Keeneland July sale for Snaafi Dancer, a son of Northern Dancer who was unraced. Ironically, Sangster was the underbidder.

Campaigned in Niarchos´ colors, Seattle Dancer failed to start at 2, but developed into group II winner at 3. He captured the Windfields Farm Gallinule (Ire-II) and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-II) and ran second in the Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I). He retired with two wins from five starts and earnings of $152,413.

Seattle Dancer, who was produced from the Poker mare My Charmer, entered stud in 1988 at Coolmore satellite Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., and later stood at Coolmore Stud. He was moved to East Stud in Japan for the 1997 breeding season and began his German stint in 2003.

Seattle Dancer´s 37 stakes winners include Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Pike Place Dancer, California grade I winner Caffe Latte, English group I winner Seattle Rhyme, and German champion and dual classic winner Que Belle.

His record price was surpassed by the $16 million paid for The Green Monkey at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training.