BLACK TIE AFFAIR PENSIONED

Black Tie Affair, the 1991 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who spent the past four years at stud at O’Sullivan Farms, will be pensioned to a thoroughbred retirement facility in Kentucky. Black Tie Affair is owned by a syndicate organized by Virginian Donna Hayes.

Now 23, Black Tie Affair’s career as a stallion — which began in 1992 after he won more than $3.3 million in purse money and seven graded stakes — ended earlier this year after arthritis in one of his hind legs became too much for the Irish-bred to handle.

The horse failed to cover a mare in two attempts in 2009, said Randy Funkhouser, who as owner of O’Sullivan Farms in Charles Town oversaw Black Tie Affair’s stud career since the horse arrived at the breeding farm just prior to the 2005 breeding season.

Prior to standing at O’Sullivan, Black Tie Affair stood at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia.

The Frederick Maryland News-Post has several nice stories about BTA.

Below is the video of his victory in the 1991 Breeders Cup Classic against a stellar field. How about Black Tie Affair (IRE), Twilight Agenda, Unbridled, Fly So Free, Strike the Gold, Festin (ARG), Marquetry, Chief Honcho and Summer Squall? Quality group, there.