Alabar Farms has announced with great sadness that Armbro Operative p,4,1:50 ($1,012,712) had to be humanely euthanized after having suffered an injury.
According to a release from Alabar, Armbro Operative, a 20-year-old son of Cam Fella that was standing this season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, tragically broke his leg overnight and had to be humanely put down this morning.
Born in 1993, Armbro Operative carved a racing and siring career of the like few have achieved.
After having won three of his 10 starts as a two-year-old, Armbro Operative took his game to another level as a three and four-year-old.
His major wins in those two years included the Little Brown Jug, the three-year-old Breeders Crown Final, the Open Breeders Crown Final, the Driscoll Final and the Progress Pace. In a testament to his ability, he is still the only horse to win the Little Brown Jug and two Breeders Crown Finals.
Arriving in Australia in the spring of 1997, the success Armbro Operative achieved on the racetrack continued into the breeding shed. Siring over 1,100 winners and 100 $100,000 winners in the Southern Hemisphere, he was twice Australia’s Leading stallion and twice Australia’s Leading Juvenile stallion. His best performers included Fleur De Lil 1:51.4 – $1,041,636, Awesome Armbro 1:49.8 – $911,397, Yada Yada Yada 1:51.6 – $730,928, Montecito 1:49.4 – $527,569, etc.
A noted sire of females, Armbro Operative sired an incredible seven individual Oaks winners.
In terms of his breeding career in North America, 226 of Armbro Operative’s 277 offspring made the races, 54 of which earned $100,000 or more on the racetrack. Thirty-one of those offspring earned more than $250,000 in their careers, while six earned more than a half-million dollars. Two of Armbro Operative’s offspring banked more than $750,000 on the track. His progeny earned more than $22.1-million on the track and five of his offspring took marks in 1:50 or faster.
Alabar Farms has stated that ‘Oppy’ will be sorely missed.
Please join the SBOA in offering condolences to the connections of Armbro Operative.
(With files from Alabar Farms)