Bully Bullion Dies

Champion, leading sire Bully Bullion died September 2.


Champion and sire Bully Bullion died at age 30. PHOTO: Speedhorse

Bully Bullion, 30, one of the first champions sired by world champion and Ruidoso triple crown winner Special Effort, was laid to rest yesterday at Belle Mere Farms near Norman, Oklahoma, where he stood his stallion career.

Bred-and-owned by Jean Chavers of Lupton, Colorado, Bully Bullion was out of the Bond Issue mare Mary Poppins.

Foaled in 1984, the bay stallion won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts while earning $225,384. Named the champion aged stallion in 1988, he won the All American Gold Cup (G1), Oklahoma Derby-Fall Division (G3), Mr Jet Moore Stakes and Ruidoso Handicap. He was second in the Ventura Handicap and third in the World's Championship Classic (G1), New Mexico State Fair Handicap (G2) and San Clemente Handicap. Bully Bullion was also a finalist in the Rainbow Silver Cup (G1), QHBC Sophomore Classic (RG2) and Oklahoma Futurity-Fall Div. (G3).

From 23 crops of racing age, Bully Bullion sired 429 winners, 40 stakes winners, 55 stakes-placed and earners of $8.9 million.

Among his get are champion 2-year-old filly Shake The Bank SI-105 ($372,585), multiple stakes winner Bullions N Garters SI-105 ($482,726), Remington Park Futurity (G1) winner Bullet Bullion SI-107 ($219,999), Retama Park Derby (G2) winner Casino Bully SI-113 ($215,225), Oklahoma Distaff Challenge (G3) winner Bullisa SI-105 ($188,087), Mile High Futurity (G2) winner Prowl SI-103 ($180,659), Central Championship Challenge (G2) winner Aint It Fun SI-107 ($177,802), multiple stakes winner Bully Bonds SI-107 ($151,127), etc.

As a broodmare sire, Bully Bullion's daughters have gotten more than 40 stakes winners including Texas Classic Derby (G1) winner DMNV Mountable SI-107 ($479,521), All American Derby (G1) winner Snow Big Deal SI-107 ($405,333), graded stakes winner SF Royal Bank SI-100 ($359,937), Restricted Grade 1 winner Finche SI-110 ($256,024), etc.

Bully Bullion was buried at Belle Mere Farms near former all-time leading money earner Eastex.

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