Oak Tree Special Dies

The 2003 world champion died April 26.

Q-Racing Journal
April 29, 2013

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Oak Tree Special

The 2003 world champion Oak Tree Special was euthanized April 26.

The 13-year-old was owned by Raul Rubalcava and stood at Robicheaux Ranch at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Oak Tree Special raced for three seasons, making 26 career starts. He won 16, with two seconds and two thirds and earnings of $628,470. His stakes wins include the Grade 1 Retama Park, Remington Park, Dash For Cash and Texas Classic derbies, as well as the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) and 2004 East Championship Challenge (G2). He was second in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and Heritage Place Derby (G1). As a 3-year-old, he was honored as the champion 3-year-old colt, champion 3-year-old and world champion. He also was honored as an AQHA Supreme Race Horse.

Bred by Mrs. C.L. Loreant, Oak Tree Special was sired by Special Task, a son of Special Effort, and was out of the Easy Dozen mare Easy Lady Oak.

From seven crops to race, Oak Tree Special has sired the earners of more than $9.1 million, including world champion Cold Cash 123 ($1,279,596) and reigning champion 2-year-old El Duero ($285,378). Cold Cash 123, like his sire before him, was champion 3-year-old gelding, champion 3-year-old and world champion in 2011.

Oak Tree Special is the sire of 182 winners from 313 starters to date, including 27 stakes winners. Other major winners include Furrtreeous ($424,651), Big Boi ($346,311), Acorn ($352,227), Coors Select ($312,706), Send Me A Candy Tree ($305,087), Hijo De Villa ($246,974), South Oak ($187,361), Dashin Gage ($169,893), Eyema Candy Tree ($146,995), Mossy Oak Tree ($139,225), Black Oak Special ($130,504), Special Headlines ($130,249), Unquestionable ($121,578), Iced N Oak ($114,781) and Lil Jess Oak ($105,414).

The farm has frozen semen stored, and will honor mares booked for the 2013 season and rebreeds.

“His name says it all,” said farm manager Ryan Robicheaux of the champion and champion sire. “He was special, and he was as strong and solid as an oak tree.”

Oak Tree Special was buried underneath an oak tree outside the stallion barn at Robicheaux Ranch.