CHAMPIONS CAPOTE, LIFE’S MAGIC DEAD

Capote, the only Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner to sire a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, died at age 23 on Friday at Robert and Blythe Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky.

Capote (right in Tony Leondard photo) began showing signs of neurological problems in August 2003, which eventually were diagnosed as spinal cord compression. That forced his retirement from stud duty at Three Chimneys in November 2003.

While the farm was able to manage the problem the last few years, Three Chimneys President Dan Rosenberg said the condition had grown worse.

“While his appetite and spirits were remarkably good to his last day, Capote’s coordination had declined to the point that he presented a danger to himself and others,” Rosenberg said. “The spinal cord problems finally became too much for him to deal with, but he lived with that condition for four years without surgery. Capote had a good life.”

Capote was buried at Three Chimneys.

Life’s Magic, one of the greatest fillies in racing history, died peacefully at Trackside Farm in Versailles, Kentucky Aug. 21. She was 26 years old.

Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Parrish in partnership with their son Dr. David C. Parrish III, Life’s Magic placed in 20 grade I stakes, winning five, and was on the board in 25 of 32 lifetime starts. She was named 3-year-old champion filly in 1984 and champion older filly in 1985.

A bay daughter of Cox’s Ridge-Fire Water, by Tom Rolfe, her grade I wins included the Oak Leaf Stakes, Beldame, Mother Goose, Alabama and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Life’s Magic earned $2,225,218 in her career.

Life’s Magic racing career was in the hands of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who originally purchased her at the 1982 Keeneland fall yearling sale for $310,000 for Melvin E. Hatley. Hatley later sold a part interest to Eugene V. Klein.

Life’s Magic produced 14 foals and seven winners as a broodmare. Her total progeny earnings were $576,420.