Former Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Silver Train died Sunday from colic. The 11-year-old stallion had been standing in Brazil at the time of his death.
Winner of the 2005 Sprint, Silver Train was splitting his time between Brazil and the United States. After being purchased by HnR Nothhaft Horseracing, the horse moved to Northview PA in Sept. 2011 and just completed his second season of Southern Hemisphere duty at Siquiera & Mercadante in Brazil.
“This is truly a solemn day with the unexpected passing of such a promising young sire, it is with a heavy heart we look towards the new year,” commented Carl McEntee agent for HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC.
Silver Train finished his racing career with six wins from 17 starts for $1,259,345. As a 3-year-old, he won the Jerome Handicap just before claiming the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at 11-1. That year’s champion sprinter Lost in the Fog finished seventh as the 7-10 favorite. This was Lost in the Fog’s first loss and he also suffered an untimely death due to untreatable cancer.
As a 4-year-old, Silver Train won the Met Mile and Tom Fool Handicap.
“Silver Train was all class, the consummate professional and will be sorely missed,” stated majority shareholder Hank Nothhaft. “Given his proclivity for producing winners, we expected big things from Silver Train for years to come. Given our expansive plans for him in 2014, his sudden passing was a real shock.”