Mr. Prospector in 1986 courtesy of Kim Pratt
Mr. Prospector was euthanized today at Claiborne Farm as a result of peritonitis following an attack of colic. He was the leading sire by number of lifetime stakes winners with a total of 165, including 18 European or North American champions. Still an active stud at the age of 29, Mr. Prospector was booked to 45 mares this year which was his 25th season at stud and as of May 2 he had 31 mares confirmed in foal. He is also currently the leading broodmare sire by 1999 earnings with with his daughters having produced 160 stakes winners. Mr. Prospector was born on January 28, 1970, and started his stud career in Florida but was moved to Claiborne Farm in 1980.
Although mainly known as an outstanding sire, Mr. Prospector was also a nice runner as well with a record of 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 14 lifetime starts for earnings of $112,171, including the Whirlaway and Gravesend Handicaps, and set two track records at 6 furlongs. He was noted for brilliant speed and passed this as well as a tendancy toward precocity along to his offspring. In addition to racing ability, he also has passed on his ability to sire excellent horses with several sons proving to be excellent studs including Fappiano, Woodman, Forty Niner, and Kingmambo. His sons and daughters are his living legacy and his influence will be felt on the breed for many generations to come.
Here are some links to more info and some photos of Mr. Prospector:
- Mr. Prospector at Claiborne Farm - from their history page with a photo
- Mr. Prospector bio on Wikipedia
- 6 Generation pedigree
- Mr. Prospector's sons at stud
- Mr. Prospector - a nice history from Gainsville Stud in India
- Obit from New York Times
- Gold Rush: How Mr. Prospector Became Racing's Billion Dollar Sire - a book by Avalyn Hunter
- Mr. Prospector photograph - from the Blood Horse gallery
Mr. Prospector courtesty of Derek Dammann