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Gainsborough Sire Labeeb Dies In South Africa
In South Africa, Gr1 winner & former Kentucky sire Labeeb (Lear Fan-Lady Blackfoot, by Prince Tenderfoot) died aged 14 at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River "from an apparent aneurism," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Labeeb moved to South Africa in July 2004 after standing his initial 6 seasons at Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm in Kentucky; he "remained under Gainsborough Stud's ownership while standing at Summerhill". In 5 crops of racing age, Labeeb sired 60 winners (4 stakes-winners) from 88 starters who have earned US$3,748,210; his top performer La Reason won the 2004 Gr2 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap & finished 2nd in this year's Gr2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap & 3rd third in the Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap. On the track himself, UK-bred Labeeb won 8 of 20 starts & earned US$1,464,950; his victories included the 1995 Gr1 Hollywood Derby (& 5 other stakes) plus runner-up in the 1997 Gr1 Early Times Turf Classic Stakes & 3rd in both France's 1995 Gr1 Prix Jean Prat & the US 1998 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile.