Louis Quatorze Won 1996 Preakness and over $2 million

The 1996 Preakness Stakes champion has died. Louis Quatorze, the 24-year old son of Sovereign Dancer, collapsed and died suddenly after galloping across the paddock to the gate Feb. 17.  A perennial top sire in Maryland, Louis Quatorze was buried at Murmur Farms.

“Even considering that he was 24, it was heartbreaking,” said Audrey Murray, owner of Murmur Farm. “He was so regal and majestic. When we would show him, he would stand there like he knew he’d won the Preakness.”

Bred in Kentucky and trained by Nick Zito, Louis Quatorze went wire -to-wire as the 8-1 choice to win the Preakness with Pat Day after finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby. His final time of 1:53 2/5 equaled the then-stakes record set by Tank’s Prospect in 1985, but it was later surpassed when review of Secretariat’s 1973 Preakness found the horse to have completed the 1 3/16-mile race in 1:53.

Louis Quatorze won 7 of 18 starts and placed 2nd five times with career earnings or more than $2 million. After finishing 4th in the Belmont Stakes, Louis Quatorze won the Jim Dandy (G2) and then had a pair of Grade I runner-up finishes in the Travers Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, which he lost by a nose. He finished his career with a pair of Grade III wins in his final two races in 1997.

Louis Quatorze initially stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., and also shuttled to Argentina for four Southern Hemisphere seasons, but was later purchased by Allen and Audrey Murray of Murmur Farms and moved to Maryland beginning with the 2004 breeding season.

Louis Quatorze ranked as the second-leading Maryland sire in 2005 and 2006, and was steadily among the top five sires through 2011. With 17 crops of racing age, Louis Quatorze has sired 600 winners including 36 black-type stakes champions, of which 12 won graded/group stakes. He has amassed combined progeny earnings of more than $36.6 million.

Earlier this week, the 1999 Preakness winner Charismatic also died.

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