Graded stakes winner Half Ours, a four-time leading stallion in Louisiana, was euthanized on July 17 following a paddock accident, Clear Creek Stud announced. The son of Unbridled’s Song was 18.
“It is a sad day for us all,” Clear Creek’s Val Murrell said in a release. “Half Ours enriched our breeders’ program in Louisiana and beyond, having touched many who bred and raced. He was obviously an integral part of Clear Creek Stud’s very existence, like a family member you saw every day.”
Bred by Brilliant Stables out of the Storm Cat mare, Zing, Half Ours won his first five career starts including a victory in the 2007 Richter Scale Sprint Championship Handicap (G2). Initially campaigned by Aaron and Marie Jones in partnership with Barry Schwartz, Half Ours brought a sale-topping price of $6.1 million – then a record for a horse in training sold at Keeneland – when the Joneses bought out Schwartz at the 2006 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Half Ours remained in training with Todd Pletcher and retired with five wins from seven career starts and $319,680 in earnings. He began his stud career at Taylor Made Farm before being relocated to Clear Creek Stud beginning in 2010.
Among his top progeny is Gentlemen’s Bet, the third-place finisher in both the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and winner of the 2015 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash. Overall, Half Ours has 25 stakes winners to date from 11 crops of racing age with progeny earnings of more than $21.7 million.
“His loss will be felt by many and his influence will remain for years to come, defined by the progeny that always showed up, held together, running on both dirt or grass,” Murrell said.