Two-Time Breeders’ Cup Winner Conduit Dies At Age 15

Conduit, twice the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park, died after a short illness at Tullyraine House Stud in Northern Ireland, Racing Post reports.

The 15-year-old son of Dalakhani was the only Thoroughbred stallion in Northern Ireland at the time of his death, having moved to Tullyraine House Stud in 2016 after standing the first six seasons of his stallion career at Big Red Farm in Japan.

Conduit was a globetrotter for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and owner/breeder Ballymacoll Stud, but his two stops in the U.S. were both successful. Following a win in the 2008 English St. Leger Stakes, Conduit tested the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf and won by a length and a half. The effort earned him the Eclipse Award as that year’s champion turf male.

He picked up a win in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the Royal Ascot meet the following year, and he ran fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which propelled him into the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf as a heavy favorite. Conduit ran down pacesetter Presious Passion to win by a half-length. The horse added one more stamp to his passport in his final career start, finishing fourth in the G1 Japan Cup.

In total, Conduit retired with seven wins in 15 starts for earnings of $5,815,813.

Conduit proved to be quite versatile with his Japanese-born runners, siring stakes-caliber runners on both the flat and over the jumps. He was used primarily as a National Hunt sire at Tullyraine House Stud.

Read more at Racing Post.

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