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Top Brazilian Sire Romarin Dies Aged 19
In South America, multiple graded stakes-winner Romarin (Itajara-Salluca, by Sallust) who was Brazil's top national sire from 2005-2007 "contracted an illness that caused his sudden death at Centro Siqueira & Mercandante in Tijucas do Sul" in the state of Parana in Brazil aged 19, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Romarin was "one of Brazil's 1st thoroughbreds to achieve success in US racing & helped pave the way for future Brazilian racing stars on the international stage". Romarin won Brazil's Gr2 Grande Premio Piratininga & finished 2nd in the Gr1 Grande Premio Derby Paulista (Brazilian Derby) as a 3YO, before travelling to the US & winning 4 stakes (including the 1995 & 1996 editions of the Gr2 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita Park plus the 1995 Gr2 Early Times Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs). Romarin has sired 7 Gr1-winners in Brazil (including 3 classic winners) & his son Tenarin "most recently lowered the stakes record for 2400 meters on turf when capturing the Gr1 Grande Premio Derby Paulista at Cidade Jardim in November".