VA-BRED HALL OF FAMER PARADISE CREEK DIES AT 22

From Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred:  Paradise Creek, the Virginia-bred who took honors as the nation’s turf champion of 1994, reportedly died on April 4 in Japan.

The son of Irish River (Fr) out of North of Eden (ire) by Northfields, stood at Arrow Stud on the island of Hokkaido through 2010.  Among his leading offspring were T.M. Precure, Japan’s juvenile filly champion of 2005.

Bred and campaigned up to his championship season by Bert and Diana Firestone, Paradise Creek counted five stakes wins or placing at three for his breeder, including a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and a second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Stakes Gr.1.

After Paradise Creek won two graded stakes early in 1994, Japanese owner Masayuki Nishiyama presented Firestone and his wife, Diana, an offer that could not be refused.

Paradise Creek cut a wide swath his Eclipse Award-winning season, with eight victories, two seconds and a third from 11 starts (all Stakes), and counted Grade 1 wins in the Arlington Million, the Washington D.C. International and the Manhattan Stakes.

Paradise Creek remains the all-time richest runner bred by the Firestones, and is the second-leading Virginia-bred money earner of all time, with earnings of $3,216,415.