It has been reported from Victoria, Australia, that Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Harness Racing Hall of Famer, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, at the age of 24.
A son of Abercrombie and world champion filly Three Diamonds, Life Sign raced only as a 2- and 3-year-old, amassing $1,912,454 from 18 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds in 35 starts. His season was best known for his gritty victory in the Little Brown Jug after being parked the entire mile by Riyadh. He was driven by John Campbell and gave Ohio native Gene Riegle a coveted Jug victory.
Besides his triumph in the Jug, Life Sign also won the Breeders Crown, Art Rooney Pace, and International Stallion Stakes and Bluegrass at The Red Mile. He finished second in the Meadowlands Pace to Presidential Ball.
Bred and campaigned by Brittany Farms, he was syndicated and began his stud career in the U.S. under the management of Brittany until he was sold to Australian interests in July 2005. He stood at stud in North America through 2008, with his last two seasons in Ontario.
As a sire, Life Sign's offspring include 2002 Horse of the Year Real Desire p,4, 1:48.3 ($3.1 million), Meadowlands Pace winner Day In A Life p,5, 1:49.4 ($1.8 million), and the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year I Am A Fool p, 2, 1:51.2 ($1.1 million). As a broodmare sire his daughters have produced the winners of more than $97 million, among them Loyal Opposition p, 1:48.4 ($2.6 million) and Village Jolt p, 1:50.4f ($1.6 million).