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Monday, May 14
Crimson Saint dies at age 32

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Crimson Saint, dam of Royal Academy and second dam of Storm Cat, was euthanized Sunday in Lexington due to the infirmities of old age. She was 32. Bred in Kentucky by Dr. William W. Lockridge, Crimson Saint was the daughter of Crimson Satan, a champion 2-year-old of 1961, and Bolero Rose, a multiple stakes-winning daughter of Bolero. Crimson Saint ran in the colors of Roger Braugh's Braugh Ranches and became that stable's first stakes-winner when she scored a world record-equaling victory in Oaklawn Park's 1971 Ballerina Stakes, winning the four-furlong contest in :44 4/5.

The blaze-faced chestnut filly went on to win six other races, most notably the Meteor Handicap twice, once setting a track record of :56 for the five furlongs, and the Grade 3 Hollywood Express Handicap.

Olin Gentry's father, Tom Gentry, purchased Crimson Saint at the 1976 Keeneland January mixed sale, where she brought the auction's top price, and set a sale record, of $295,000. Crimson Saint was in foal to Secretariat, carrying the foal that was to become multiple graded stakes-winner Terlingua, the dam of leading sire Storm Cat and multiple graded stakes-winner Chapel of Dreams.

Crimson Saint's progeny were successful on the racetrack and in the sale ring. Terlingua was a $275,000 yearling before launching her stakes-winning career, and many of Crimson Saint's other foals enjoyed similar honors; her 10 yearlings to sell--including Laa Etaab, a $7 million full brother to Royal Academy--brought a total of $17,775,000.

Her most notable runners included eventual Irish champion 3-year-old and 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Royal Academy, a $3.5 million yearling; stakes-winner Alydariel, the dam of stakes-winner Jeune Homme; and multiple graded stakes-winner Pancho Villa. Crimson Saint also produced the stakes-placed runners Encino and Border Run.

"She was just a great mare," Tom Gentry said, "and her foals just looked the part. Obviously they did, or they wouldn't have sold so well. Her foals were balanced, but they all also had the power-drive. They were muscular, very well developed, and athletic."

Crimson Saint herself was listed as sold twice as a broodmare. In 1986, as part of Gentry's dispersal, she was reported sold for $3,450,000 to John Dorsey, but the following year Gentry was named the consignor again when she was reported sold for $670,000 to Wildey Investments.

Tom Gentry said that Crimson Saint was buried at a farm owned by his son, Olin.

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