Far Niente Dies

The Grade 1-winning son of Fdd Dynasty was 7.

Edited press release

Far Niente, a three-time graded stakes winner at Los Alamitos, was euthanized on Wednesday.

Far Niente, a three-time Grade 1 stakes winner at Los Alamitos and one of the top horses in his division dating back to 2013, was euthanized on Wednesday. He was 7.

Owned by Tom Atwood and John Wells, Far Niente had head trauma and a loss of vision as a result of an accident in his stall on October 7.

“It’s hard for me to talk about him because he meant the world to me,” said Wells, who trained Far Niente for many of his 28-career starts. “I had him for six years. He’s the horse that brought me back to training horses. He was more than just a horse to me.”

Far Niente won the Grade 1 Golden State Derby in 2013 and the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity in 2014 and '15. The son of champion Fdd Dynasty also finished second to eventual world champion Heza Dasha Fire in the 2015 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1).

Far Niente was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks. He won 11 of 28 starts and earned $484,923 while racing exclusively at Los Alamitos.

“He was a beautiful individual,” said Wells, the leading Quarter Horse trainer during the 1972 summer meet at Los Alamitos. “Everyone at the track knew Far Niente. He was a show off. He was a good looking gray horse. It’s a tough deal. He’ll always be one of the highlights of my life.”

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