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Grade 1 Winner Winchester Dies In Korea At Age 17

Winchester edges out Gio Ponti in Manhattan Handicap

Winchester, a globetrotting turf horse who was a multiple Grade 1 winner in the U.S., died in Korea on March 27, per Korea Racing Authority records. He was 17.

The son of Theatrical had resided at stud in Korea since the 2014 breeding season, arriving in the country after a brief stint in Australia.

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, Winchester initially raced as a homebred in partnership with Allen Paulson in Europe. He was listed stakes-placed in Ireland during his 3-year-old campaign, then relocated to the U.S. in the middle of that season, where he won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park in his debut start.

Winchester came into his own at age five, racking up victories in the G1 Manhattan Handicap and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes. He also finished fourth in that year's Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. His 6-year-old campaign included a win in the G1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes.

The horse's retirement was announced at the end of his 2011 campaign, but he was instead sold to an Australian partnership led by Rosemont Stud and raced for one more season in Australia. He competed in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, but was unplaced in five Australian starts.

Winchester retired with six wins in 30 career starts for earnings of $1,607,774.

His stud career has been quiet, covering small books of mares in Korea and producing runners of modest success. His highest ranking on the country's general sire list was a 42nd-place finish in 2019.

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