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Old Friends: Pensioned Shadwell Stallion Mustanfar Passes At Age 21

Mustanfar at Old Friends. Photo by Laura Battles

Two-time G3 winner Mustanfar was humanely euthanized Monday at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. He was 21.

A full necropsy is currently pending.

Bred and owned by Shadwell Farm, Mustanfar, along with five other retired stallions, was recently relocated to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Georgetown, KY. as part of an operations downsizing that followed the death of Shadwell owner, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2021.

Old Friends President Michael Blowen made the announcement of Mustanfar's passing on Monday.

The son of Unbridled out of the Lyphard mare Manwah, Mustanfar certainly lived up to his prestigious pedigree on the track. He raced from age two to six, making 27 career starts, and won or placed in nine graded stakes contests on both dirt and turf.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell and conditioned by trainer Kieran McLaughlin, Mustanfar jump started his career with a win at Aqueduct at two in just his second start.

The following year, he captured the G3 Lexington Stakes at Belmont Park, and went on to earn the G3 Sycamore Breeder's Cup Turf at Keeneland, both on the turf.

Proving his versatility, he finished second in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby on the dirt and ran third in the G3 Ben Ali Stakes on synthetic.

Mustanfar retired to stud in 2007 with five wins from 27 starts and career earnings of $625,010. He stood at both The Indiana Stallion Station and Shadwell's Nashwan Stud.

Mustanfar is the sire of winners on both dirt and turf.

“He was the youngest of the Shadwell stallions and he became an instant favorite,” said Blowen. “We're very sorry that more of his fans weren't able to appreciate him for much, much longer.”

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