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Rare Bar Dies

Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 sire dies at 22.

April 14, 2012

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Rare Bar, the 1995 champion aged stallion and the sire of the earners of nearly $2 million, died on Friday at age 22.

Owned by Joleen Hales, the son of Rare Jet died of an apparent heart attack at Texoma Quarter Horses near Madill, Oklahoma.

Bred in Kansas and campaigned by Gary Mead, Rare Bar won 13 of his 38 lifetime starts and banked $263,396. He won six graded stakes during his career, including the 1995 AQHA Challenge Championship (G1) at Retama Park in which he set a 440-yard track record. Rare Bar also set a 440-yard mark earlier that season at Remington Park.

As a stallion, Rare Bar has sired 83 winners, nine stakes winners and seven stakes-placed horses. Among his leading runners are Sam Houston Futurity (G1) winner Mr Bar Code, five-time stakes winner Nanas Nite Mare, Grade 2 winner Rare Roller, Grade 3 winner Rare Samako and stakes winners Rare Cigar and Twelves Gentleman.