Arcangues: 133-1 winner of the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa AnitaPICTURE: Getty Images
History maker Arcangues put down at age of 21
ARCANGUES, the first foreign-trained horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, has been put down in Japan because of complications from equine founder, a type of foot disease.
Jerry Bailey: clueless about horsePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
The horse, who was 21 and been based in Japan since 1995, was trained by Andre Fabre to capture the 1993 running of the Classic at Santa Anita at record odds of 133-1.
Arcangues, who raced for owner-breeder Daniel Wildenstein, was already a Group 1 winner before the Classic having won the Prix d'Ispahan but was a rank outsider for his first attempt on dirt.
The Bloodhorse recalled how jockey Jerry Bailey famously told Gary Stevens on the way to post, "I don't know a thing about the horse. I don't have any idea how to pronounce his name."
In the race Arcangues took over from frontrunner Bertrando, who was to become US champion older male horse that year, one furlong out to score by two lengths.
Arcangues was due to go to stud but stayed in training the following season based with Richard Mandella in California, winning the John Henry Handicap at Hollywood Park, and was retired with six wins from 19 starts and earnings of $1,981,423.
Prior to the 1995 breeding season, Japanese horseman Kazuo Nakamura bought Arcangues from a French syndicate for stallion duty in Japan where he sired 264 foals, of which 94 have started and 23 have won, including multiple Group 2 winner Ar Alan.