German Classic winner Santiago dies aged 14

German Classic winner Santiago dies aged 14
By Ollie O'Donoghue 11:38AM 7 DEC 2016

GESTUT MARINUSHOF has announced that German 2,000 Guineas winner Santiago has died at the age of 14.

Santiago had already received bookings for 2017, but had to be put down due to a large inoperable melanoma mole.

Bred and owned by Gestut Hof Vesterberg, Santiago is by Highest Honor out of the Lomitas mare and Listed-placed Serenata, who was out of the Listed-winning Secret Energy.

Santiago was a half-brother to Germany Derby runner-up Sordino, who he stood alongside at stud.

Santiago raced from three to six in four different countries including Italy and Turkey, but his biggest win came as a three-year-old when winning the German 2,000 Guineas. He followed that success with a Group 3 win at Dortmund.

He also won the Group 2 Premio Ribot at Capannelle in Rome at five.

Santiago stood the last eight seasons at Gestut Graditz, at a fee of €2,500 for the last three years.

The 14-year-old's best progeny include Group 3 winner and Derby seventh Chopin, and the Listed winner Fashion Queen.

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