First To Shine Dies

Grade 1-placed stallion and stakes sire died October 4.
October 5, 2012

First To Shine

First To Shine

Grade 3 winner and leading sire First To Shine was euthanized October 4 due to a stifle injury, according to a report by Delta Equine.

The 16-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash was owned by Dr. Larry Findley and Grant Farms.

From 10 crops to race, First To Shine sired 263 winners (59 percent), 13 stakes winners, 21 stakes-placed with earnings of more than $10.1 million. His get had average earnings per starter of $22,800 and include such stakes winners as Magic Shiney SI 105 ($300,123), Eyesa Flash SI 112 ($263,176), Bottle Of Shine SI 97($238,351), Dr Drop SI 107 ($237,453), Shining Tee Pie SI 103 ($229,937), First Words SI 97 ($228,968), etc.

Bred by L/J Farms, First To Shine won or placed in 11 of 17 career starts while earning $141,622. He won the New Mexico Derby Challenge(G3) and was second in the Rainbow Derby(G1). He was also a finalist in the Dash For Cash Futurity(G1), Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity(RG1), AQHA Derby Challenge Championship(G1) and QHBC Championship Classic(G2).

First To Shine is out of the Grade 2 winner Marcy Darling ($40,429), by Six Fortunes, dam of 7 ROM winners, including champion and champion sire First To Flash ($492,835), stakes winner GW Chick ($96,804) and stakes-placed First To Adore ($62,091). Frist To Flash and First To Adore are both full siblings to First To Shine.

"First To Shine will be greatly missed," Delta Equine Farm Manager Jason Thomas said Thursday afternoon.

"We will honor any rebreeds that are due in 2013 either by frozen semen or by a change of stallions," he added.