American Runaway Dies

Champion dies at age 5.

November 12, 2013

American Runaway

American Runaway in 2011. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Champion American Runaway has died, according to a Facebook post from James Ranch, where the gray stallion was standing at stud.

American Runaway, 5, was owned by Bobby Cox and stood his first season at stud last year.

"It is with much regret that we must announce the passing of AMERICAN RUNAWAY," said the post, made Tuesday morning. "Following the fate of his sire, Ocean Runaway, American Runaway's untimely death cost the industry a young stallion with much potential. He was comfortable and in apparent outstanding health in the days preceding his death. Autopsy results are pending."

American Runaway made 15 career starts, with four wins, four seconds and four thirds. He earned $686,355 in his career, with a 105 speed index.

Originally racing for Sammy and Johnny Martinez, in his third career start the colt was second by a narrow nose in the $596,041 Remington Park Futurity (G1). Then, with Bobby Cox partnered on the horse, he won the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) by a dominating 1 1/4 lengths. He was outnodded for the win in the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) and the Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

He earned honors as the sport's champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt in 2010.

American Runaway was bred by Lance Robinson, and was sired by champion Ocean Runaway and out of the Strawfly Special mare Allamericandreamgirl.

His sire, Ocean Runaway, a three-time champion and earner of $1,642,498 also died unexpectedly at the age of 7.

American Runaway's dam is out of blue hen mare Dashing Phoebe, and is a half sister to champions Special Phoebe (by Special Effort, $139,963) and Heartswideopen (by Feature Mr Jess, $1,885,283) and sire Furyofthewind (by Corona Cartel, $70,554).

American Runaway's first foals will be yearlings in 2014.