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Special Legend Dies

Grade 1-placed runner and sire Special Legend died September 17.

September 27, 2011

Special Legend

Special Legend. PHOTO: AQHA File Photo

Grade 1-placed runner and sire Special Legend, 23, died September 17 of an apparent heart attack.

The Special Effort stallion was owned by Bob Urich, and stood at Urich’s farm in Des Moines, Iowa.

The stallion, bred by AQHA Past President Walter Fletcher of Lakin, Kansas, made 30 starts on the track over three years. He won eight races, was second five times and third five times, earning $224,384.

He finished second in Strait To The Bank’s 1990 Rainbow Futurity (G1) and was fifth in the All American Futurity (G1). He was third in the 1992 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3), and was a finalist in the Grade 1 1992 World’s Championship Classic, 1991 Rainbow Derby, 1992 Rainbow Silver Cup, 1990 Sun Country Futurity, 1992 All American Gold Cup and 1991 Kansas Derby. He also contested the 1992 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) and 1991 West Texas Derby (G2).

Special Legend has sired 16 crops to race. They include 39 winners from 102 starters, including six stakes winners. His foals have earned $978,787 to date and he has been a leading Iowa stallion since Urich bought him in 1998.

"He is only ($22,000) away from being a millionaire sire," Urich said. "Almost all of that was at Prairie Meadows, and I was kind of proud of that. Maybe one of those that are running out there will get that (amount) before the year is over. There are probably only 40 or 50 studs in the nation who have done that."

Special Legend was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Special Effort. He was out of the Top Moon mare Sweet Mooner.