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US Classic Sire Cormorant Dies

Thursday, 10th May 2007

US stallion Cormorant (sire of 1994 Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin has died "of old age" at 33, reported bloodhorse.com. Cormorant (His Majesty-Song Sparrow, by Tudor Minstrel) "resided as a pensioner at Dr Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in New York". On the track, Kentucky-bred Cormorant recorded 8 wins (including the Gr1 Jersey Derby as a 3YO plus 4 other stakes) from 12 starts before entering stud in 1978 at Virginia Stallion Station. He moved for the 1980 breeding season to New York & has sired 47 stakes-winners. Bilinski summed up: "If he's not the top stallion historically to stand in New York, he's certainly among the top." As well as Go For Gin (who also finished 2nd in both the Gr1 Preakness Stakes & Gr1 Belmont Stakes & retired a millionaire) Cormorant sired US Eclipse Award winner Saratoga Dew & millionaires Grecian Flight & Gander. And as a broodmare sire, Cormorant is represented by 38 stakes-winners (including 2005 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train).

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